doze

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

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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Some sit and watch, others read and eat, and a few even doze off. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major," 4 June 2019 Children lie on their bellies and stare at the dozing brown bodies. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 And although humans doze for less time, a greater proportion is rapid eye movement sleep (REM), the deepest phase, when vivid dreams unfold. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "How Our Sleeping Habits Helped to Make Us Human," 1 Jan. 2019 At one school, another small boy lay curled up in a doorway, dozing next to a pile of still-warm ashes. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not safe anywhere:’ Mozambique cyclone scattered lives," 30 Mar. 2019 Some bedtime variation is OK, like dozing off at 10:45 P.M. instead of your usual 10:30. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Mistakes You Make Right Before Bed That Are Ruining Your Sleep," 28 Nov. 2018 Buy Photo Mayor Kenney faced a backlash from progressives on Thursday, as police officers bike-dozed a modest encampment of protesters trying to shut down access to a local office for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney's relationship with progressives?," 5 July 2018 After the personalized performance, an elated Isaiah snatched the balloon for his own enjoyment while Jacob continued to doze. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Share First Video of Their Life With Baby Jacob," 3 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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