\ 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 Several reporters in the Senate Press Gallery have reported seeing some Republican senators not paying attention, dozing off, or taking frequent breaks by leaving the room altogether. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'Resign tomorrow': Chris Hayes slams GOP senators for dozing off during impeachment trial," 23 Jan. 2020 The previous day’s proceedings to establish the rules of the trial had stretched until nearly 2 a.m., and the group weariness showed, with several lawmakers appearing to doze off during Schiff’s presentation. Time, "They’ve Just Started to Make Their Case, and Democrats Are Already Battling Impeachment Fatigue," 22 Jan. 2020 Beset by nightmares, Bernadine sneaks away from the marital bed and her doting husband (Wendell Pierce) to doze fitfully on the sofa. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Clemency Grapples With the Banal Evil of the Death Penalty," 17 Jan. 2020 By dozing off so comfortably, Terry has actually done more for the cat rescue than any conscious volunteer ever could. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Man who naps with cats helped raise nearly $100,000 for a pet sanctuary," 22 Nov. 2019 North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong Un, ordered an aide killed for dozing off during his speech. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump should read the Constitution," 6 Oct. 2019 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

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Doze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doze?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=doze0001. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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