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Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous pigeons especially : a small wild pigeon
2 : a gentle woman or child
3 : one who takes a conciliatory attitude and advocates negotiations and compromise especially : an opponent of war — compare hawk entry 1


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Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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Other Words from dove


dovish \ ˈdə-​vish How to pronounce dove (audio) \ adjective
dovishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of dove in a Sentence

Noun The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war. the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Division of Wildlife operates an interactive map of public lands, mostly to highlight dove hunting fields at wildlife areas. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "Your State-by-State Spring 2021 Turkey Forecast," 8 Jan. 2021 Also this week, Harper’s dove into the rise of income-share agreements (ISAs), a new kind of education financing that pays for school up front in exchange for a share of a student’s future earnings. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Money should flow like water … but should water be like money?," 9 Dec. 2020 The Lions’ defense forced its first punt when Jayron Kearse dove to break up Trubisky’s pass to Cole Kmet on third-and-10 from the Chicago 39. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions game score vs. Chicago Bears: Live updates and analysis," 6 Dec. 2020 Don’t let the devil fool you, here comes the dove... Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Is it that hard to be kind? Yes, it is, and here’s why – Terry Pluto’s Faith & You," 31 Oct. 2020 According to Harding, tree squirrels are among the more popular forms of small game in Arizona, generally ranking behind or alongside dove, quail and rabbits. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "How a rare squirrel could reveal changes in a forest ecosystem damaged by wildfire," 4 Dec. 2020 Early in the fourth quarter, Mertz again threw a pick when Greg Newsome II dove in front of a third-down pass intended for Chimere Dike. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Graham Mertz hit with first on-field adversity after four-turnover day in loss to Wildcats," 21 Nov. 2020 Finally, a Golden Bears defender dove while trying to bring him down around the five-yard line. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "‘Angry’ Brittain Brown fuels happiness for UCLA’s running game," 17 Nov. 2020 Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has done everything to demonstrate his desire for higher inflation short of dressing up as a dove and cooing in front of Fed headquarters. Peter Coy,, "The Most Dovish Fed in History Is on a Mission to Spur Inflation," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dove


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dove


Middle English, from Old English *dūfe; akin to Old High German tūba dove

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The first known use of dove was in the 13th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dove

: a small wild bird that is related to pigeons
: a person who does not want war and does want peace


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Kids Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bird that is related to the pigeon but usually of somewhat smaller size


Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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