dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

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

dove

\ ˈdōv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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Other Words from dove

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

pacifist, peacenik

Antonyms: Noun

hawk, jingo, war hawk, warmonger

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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 lights dimmed into darkness over a packed-in crowd, and lights started pulsing onstage as the Columbus indie-pop band dove into its set. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Captain Kidd wants to make you dance: The Cleveland Sessions," 3 July 2019 Apple’s also made some big improvements to CarPlay, which my colleague Dan Seifert dove into here. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "iOS 13 hands-on: dark mode, Apple Maps, Reminders, and more," 24 June 2019 The incident occurred in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the stands to save the basketball from going out of bounds. USA TODAY, "Women's World Cup, NBA Finals Game 4, 'Dark Phoenix': 5 things to know Friday," 7 June 2019 Then, the Golden State Warriors took it to a new level Wednesday when a fan sitting courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, pushed the Raptors' Kyle Lowry for no reason and hurled profanities at him after Lowry dove into the crowd for a loose ball. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "The NBA's most annoying, and sometimes worst, fans," 7 June 2019 The incident happened in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the stands to save the basketball from going out of bounds and Stevens gave Lowry a shove. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "LeBron James reacts to Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens shoving Raptors' Kyle Lowry," 6 June 2019 Wednesday’s incident occurred in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the front row at Oracle Arena while attempting to save the basketball from going out of bounds and Stevens, who was two seats away, shoved him. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Who Is Mark Stevens? Here's What We Know About the VC Banned for Shoving Raptors Star Kyle Lowry," 6 June 2019 Acting on a question raised by his student and study co-author David McKinney, who worked for a police department at the time, Kantner dove into forensic studies of differences in fingerprint ridges between men and women. John Kantner, National Geographic, "Fingerprint study upends ideas about 'women’s work' in ancient America," 3 June 2019 Once again, the Netherlands' Queen Maxima dove head-first into a bold style choice. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Wears a Show-Stopping Hat to Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of dove

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dove

Noun

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

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dove

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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

dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Kids Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

dove

Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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