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

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As Newman drew down his arm, Tatis took off toward home, dove and slid his hand across the plate an instant before catcher Elias Diaz dropped the tag. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. runs around expectations, limitations," 29 June 2019 Ring the bells, unleash the white doves, raise a glass and shed a tear—Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are officially engaged after two years of dating. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Gave Fiancé Alex Rodriguez a Signed Photo 20 Years Ago, Proving Anything is Possible," 11 Mar. 2019 Inside, a pair of white doves sat cooing in a cage. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Cosmic Flair: Home Decor Inspired by Prince’s Paisley Park," 19 Apr. 2018 Make a list of wedding traditions form around the world: donning henna in India, releasing doves like the Dutch, or wearing black in Spain, to name a few, and quiz and enlighten your guests with traditional wedding knowledge. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Bridal Shower Game Ideas You Won't Hate Playing," 5 June 2019 The list features fiscal hawks and doves, and includes some candidates who don’t have a traditional economic background. Bloomberg.com, "President Trump Considers Fed Chair Shortlist (Audio)," 5 Oct. 2017

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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

noun

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

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Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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