dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Definition of dogged

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb
doggedness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for dogged

obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence. an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence. pursued the story with dogged perseverance stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable. a person too stubborn to admit error pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence. a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy. a mulish determination to have his own way

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power
Recent Examples on the Web The efforts of President Biden and Congressional Democrats to pass common sense gun legislation—which is supported by the majority of Americans—will face dogged opposition not only in the form of Republican obstinacy. Samuel L. Perry, Time, 25 May 2022 Beyond its value, the collection—a formally diverse but thematically cohesive selection of works by Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, Bauhaus, and other giants—provides insight into one woman’s dogged pursuit of excellence. Ian Malone, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Crown put The Book Bin on the brink as well, the store saved by the dogged persistence of my mom, who barely paid herself most years, and the store’s supporters who knew the town would be diminished without a bookstore. John Warner,, 16 Apr. 2022 Some of those who did show up seemed to have done so out of a dogged sense of responsibility. Jacob Brogan, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 But in the end, after a series of dogged negotiations, the rapper’s lawyer was able to obtain the beat for him and clear the way for an official release. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2022 The knives were out with players leaking to the Australian cricket press and the renowned stubborn Langer went on the back foot much like his dogged batting. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 And there are many–a drug cartel, the FBI, a dogged private investigator—converging on Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney), their kids (Skylar Gaertner and Sofia Hublitz), and their off-on accomplice Ruth (Julia Garner). John Jurgensen, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 But Stanford fought back with a dogged effort in the paint and finished with a 43-33 advantage on the boards after outpacing ASU by nine in the second half. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dogged

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogged

see dog entry 1

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28 May 2022

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dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

Kids Definition of dogged

: stubbornly determined He continued his dogged search for the truth.

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb "And I'm doing it for their sakes," she told herself doggedly — Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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