\ ˈdōz How to pronounce doze (audio) \
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to sleep lightly
b : to fall into a light sleep usually used with off
2 : to be in a dull or stupefied condition

transitive verb

: to pass (time) drowsily
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb (1)

doze noun

Examples of doze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The male passenger remained in the truck with his pet goat and dozed off. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "A carjacker on meth, a man and his pet goat, and an adult video store: This time, it’s not Florida man," 3 Jan. 2020 Sometimes Raffi dozes off after his milk, or just takes a while to drink it. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "Love and Anger," 23 Dec. 2019 Their dog, Ginger, a Tibetan spaniel, dozed by the back door. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "For one non-binary teen, coming of age means getting their parents to embrace a new name," 20 Dec. 2019 Flower stalls still blaze at the street corners and, in the side alleys of Chinatown, away from the sumptuous bazaars of Grant Avenue, ancient Chinese doze away their lives in cubbyhole shops filled with herbs and jade-green bowls. Lillian Symes, Harper's magazine, "San Francisco Blues," 25 Nov. 2019 The firefighters caught the sleepy seal dozing off and posted the video along with footage of the seal's rescue on the department's Instagram. Elizabeth Wolfe And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "A baby seal was rescued from a California parking deck and immediately took a much-needed nap," 24 Nov. 2019 Most of them are bingeing on movies or reading books, but one of them is dozing within minutes. Angus Whitley, Anchorage Daily News, "I just took the world’s first 20-hour flight. Here’s what it did to me.," 22 Oct. 2019 As temperatures rise with the sun, the big cats can usually be found dozing in the shade. National Geographic, "Where lions are king: How to track the big cats in Zambia," 18 July 2019 But last week, as the cold weather rolled in, men and women who otherwise might have slept on the streets dozed warmly inside Denison UCC.. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Denison UCC church opens homeless shelter despite councilwoman’s warning: Michael K. McIntyre," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of doze

Verb (1)

1677, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doze

Verb (1)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse dūsa to doze

Verb (2)

probably back-formation from dozer (bulldozer)

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8 Jan 2020

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“Doze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doze. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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\ ˈdōz How to pronounce doze (audio) \
dozed; dozing

Kids Definition of doze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sleep lightly The baby soon fell asleep and Shlemiel dozed too, still rocking the cradle with his foot.— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Zlateh the Goat
doze off
: to fall asleep I dozed off on the couch.



Kids Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light sleep

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