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[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat.
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
decay of wood.
Origin of dote
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun Unabridged
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  • He doted on funerals, and was always present at the cemetery when these solemn functions were being performed.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • To crown their happiness, they were blessed with two lovely children on whom they doted.

    Among the Sioux R. J. Creswell
  • Demetrius went in quest of her, and was followed by Helena, who doted on him.

  • I married a lady of wealth and affluence, one I loved and doted on.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • He was the best man that ever—pard, you would have doted on that man.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The loss of her almost killed my poor young friend; for he doted on her from his infancy.

  • How she doted on him because he considered his present state to be a purgatory!

    The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for doted


verb (intransitive)
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Forms
doter, (now rarely) doater, noun
Word Origin
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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Word Origin and History for doted



c.1200, "to be feeble-minded from age," from Middle Low German doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Meaning "to be infatuated" is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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