\ 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


\ 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


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


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

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 Kershaw unspooled a curve that dove toward the tops of Descalso’s shoes. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw wins on grit, not power," 13 June 2019 Sales tax collections for the North Beach neighborhood commercial district — a close barometer of the health of retailers — dove almost 5% to $1.4 million in 2018 compared with 2017. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The historic San Francisco neighborhood is suddenly littered with empty storefronts. What’s the reason?," 13 June 2019 Both Lockheed and the Defense Department are trying to address decades of criticism from congressional war hawks and doves alike, who have characterized the F-35 program as too costly. Washington Post, "Pentagon and Lockheed Martin reach tentative $34 billion deal for hundreds of F-35 fighter jets," 12 June 2019 This nearly 24,000-acre preserve, which features the 1,348-foot Stegall Mountain, is great for bird-watching, hiking, camping and hunting (turkey, squirrel, dove and deer). Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Missouri's Echo Bluff State Park: The scenery of 'Ozark' without the man-made drama," 11 June 2019 Thomas Leiby led the first five laps of the race before Dahlgren dove low entering Turn 1 and emerged with the lead. Antioch Speedway, The Mercury News, "Aton wins Sprint Car Main Event at Antioch Speedway," 6 June 2019 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 In March 2018, on the first day of softball tryouts, the team was doing pop fly drills in right field when Maeve Quinn dove to catch a ball and hit the ground. Tracey Rarich,, "Cardiac arrest can happen anytime, to anyone – everyone should learn CPR | Opinion," 4 June 2019

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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