verb (1)
\ 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


verb (2)
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

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Verb (1)

doze noun
dozer noun

Verb (2)

dozer noun

Examples of doze in a Sentence

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Wellness 13 Slides Check out this list of the trendiest CBD products that actually make the difference between dozing off and staring at your ceiling. Allure, "13 of the Best CBD Oils, Vapes, and Gummies to Help You Fall Asleep," 16 Mar. 2019 Because during the holidays, dozing off should be the least of your worries. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays," 19 Nov. 2018 Sasha dozed through the interview and Michelle got the job. Jodi Kantor, Redbook, "Why You Don't Want to Be First Mom," 21 Dec. 2011 Some members of the jury have dozed off when technical aspects of law enforcement drug searches have been explained. Claudia Torrens, The Seattle Times, "El Chapo trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction," 18 Dec. 2018 Anne Dowling, who was heading home to Denver, dozed off several hours into the July 2016 flight. Crystal Hill, sacbee, "Woman fell asleep on United flight — and awoke to off-duty pilot groping her, lawsuit says," 11 July 2018 On a congressional trip to Afghanistan in March, while other lawmakers dozed in their seats, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.) sat across from Mrs. Pelosi and read from his phone a selection of comments being made publicly about her. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "For Nancy Pelosi, a Comeback Eight Years in the Making," 7 Nov. 2018 Some of these pods can even switch up environments, changing sounds and scenery to try and help workers doze off. Eric Scott,, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 Christopher Renberg, the music department chair, had dozed off. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A fire claimed a high school band’s instruments, but not their talent or spirit," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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\ 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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