\ ˈdōt How to pronounce dote (audio) \
doted; doting

Definition of dote

intransitive verb

1 : to exhibit mental decline of or like that of old age : be in one's dotage
2 : to be lavish or excessive in one's attention, fondness, or affection usually used with on doted on her only grandchild

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Other Words from dote

doter noun
dotingly \ ˈdō-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce dote (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The teen was compassionate toward others, always reaching out to the new kid or to dote on a special needs child. Carol Robinson |, al, 8 Sep. 2021 And some owners, such as Chryss Terry, dote on their own specific trailer. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Doting, because, well, female elephants dote on their herd’s calves. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 16 June 2021 The fiddle-leaf fig, or Ficus lyrata, is a high-maintenance plant perfect for someone who wants to dote on something. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 During a benefit that featured both her and James, Garnier observed Kate’s older brother dote on her and make sure her soundcheck went well. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2021 Too many of us dote on a wide field of view, but this always comes at the expense of eye relief: the distance from the eyepiece lens to your eye. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 2 Nov. 2020 Families grew smaller and more prosperous, giving them more time to dote on their animal companions. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, 26 Oct. 2020 Plant parents love to dote on their houseplants, especially now that everyone is hunkering down at home, but are all indoor plants well suited to hanging? Lisa Boone, Star Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of dote

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dote

Middle English; akin to Middle Low German dotten to be foolish

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13 Sep 2021

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“Dote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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\ ˈdōt How to pronounce dote (audio) \
doted; doting

Kids Definition of dote

: to give a lot of love or attention to He dotes on his dogs.

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