doze

verb (1)
\ˈdōz \
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

doze

verb (2)
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from doze

Verb (1)

doze noun
dozer noun

Verb (2)

dozer noun

Examples of doze in a Sentence

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Feel like pushing away from your desk to doze off in a Brazilian rain forest? Eric Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 Should Brazil compile another multi-goal lead, there are other ways to keep from dozing off. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 Haymore dozed off at an official dinner after 36 hours of travel, and McAuliffe punched him in the leg to wake him up. Washington Post, "Va.’s McAuliffe is leaving office as master salesman, but his legacy will take years to play out," 10 Jan. 2018 The east side of City Hall has been occupied since Friday, following a bike-dozing by the Philadelphia Police that forced protestors from their original camps on 8th and Cherry Streets, outside the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 Some smiling, some dozing in foil blankets, the 12 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand were captured on new videos released Wednesday as navy medics tended to their wounds and divers continued to prepare them for a possible swim to safety. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Thai boys practicing with diving masks, but it's still too early to attempt evacuation," 4 July 2018 Hours after Baldwin’s health update, the new mother shared a sweet photo of little Romeo dozing off while resting on her chest. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Hilaria Baldwin Gives Update on Her Family's Health While Breastfeeding Newborn Son," 28 May 2018 The ease of dozing through a morning commute or otherwise not paying attention to the task of controlling a car may prove so enticing as to promote longer or more frequent trips — keeping vehicles on the road more, not less. John Gallagher, chicagotribune.com, "Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better," 10 Apr. 2018 When Kate Middleton arrived at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace in London on Monday, cameras captured the 2-month-old Prince Louis adorably dozing in her arms, completely unaware of the fanfare surrounding the day. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Royal Baby Prince Louis Slept Like a Total Baby at His Christening," 9 July 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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Phrases Related to doze

doze off

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More Definitions for doze

doze

verb
\ˈdōz \
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.

doze

noun

Kids Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light sleep

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