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dote

[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat.
1.
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
2.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
noun
3.
decay of wood.
Origin of dote
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun
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Examples from the Web for dotes
Historical Examples
  • It would break my heart and kill your mother, who dotes upon you.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • The third is the love that “dotes yet doubts,” that doubts but never dies—no never.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • He seems to have plenty of common-sense, although he dotes on her.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • His wife abhors him, and does not conceal it; and still slavishly he dotes on her.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This idea comes from an art student in Paris, who dotes on her window desk.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • And then turning to Frank she added: "My brother just dotes on church music!"

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • It is so sad for him, for he dotes on her, and they are everything to each other.

    Our Bessie Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • She dotes on 'The Duchess,' and puts her last dime into Braddon.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • Ah, our little Germaine knows what it is to have a granny who dotes on her.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
  • He seems so kind of lonely, and he says he dotes on picnics.

    Finding the Lost Treasure Helen M. Persons
British Dictionary definitions for dotes

dote

/dəʊt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
2.
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 dotes

dote

v.

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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