\ 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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Other Words from doze

Verb (1)

doze noun

Examples of doze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the New York City Fire Department’s training academy, lessons can last as long as six hours and trainees will tell you it’s not uncommon for people to doze off during class. Rebecca Liebson, New York Times, "Idris Bey, an N.Y.C. Emergency Worker, Dies at 60," 30 Apr. 2020 Consider this official permission to doze the day away. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "14 Activities for When You're Sick at Home," 2 Apr. 2020 He was caught dozing off on the bench by TV cameras late in the fourth quarter. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons sit Andre Drummond in 4th, OT of 117-110 loss to Pelicans," 14 Jan. 2020 The bright light of a Rite Aid pharmacy shines next to the pair dozing in the shadows. NBC News, "California's rising rents, severe housing shortage fuel homelessness," 2 Feb. 2020 The elderly Asian elephant stands dozing in her compound at the National Zoo. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "What happens when an old elephant dies? Zoo officials have a plan.," 17 Jan. 2020 During the impeachment trial, as colleagues dozed or thumbed through books, Collins filled thick legal pads with notes. Author: Griff Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican Sen. Susan Collins finds it’s lonely in the middle," 2 Feb. 2020 During the impeachment trial, as colleagues dozed or thumbed through books, Collins filled thick legal pads with notes. Washington Post, "Republican Sen. Susan Collins finds it’s lonely in the middle," 2 Feb. 2020 In one outdoor area, some demonstrators made gasoline bombs while others dozed while wearing gas masks. Ken Moritsugu, The Denver Post, "Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters," 17 Nov. 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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doze. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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doze

verb
\ 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.

doze

noun

Kids Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light sleep

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