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


verb (2)
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 Each villa also comes with a retractable roof, so kids can doze off beneath the stars. Kris Fordham, CNN, 13 June 2021 It is performed for supine audiences who are encouraged to doze off during the proceedings., 24 Mar. 2021 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, 30 Apr. 2020 Consider this official permission to doze the day away. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 2 Apr. 2020 He was caught dozing off on the bench by TV cameras late in the fourth quarter. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan. 2020 The bright light of a Rite Aid pharmacy shines next to the pair dozing in the shadows. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2020 The elderly Asian elephant stands dozing in her compound at the National Zoo. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 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, 2 Feb. 2020

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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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\ 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 and Other Stories
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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