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verb (used with object), cot·ed, cot·ing. Obsolete.
  1. to pass by; outstrip; surpass.
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Origin of cote2

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples

  • Beside this the fyrst part of our lyfe is coted to be best, and therfore shuld be bestowed more warelye.

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    Desiderius Erasmus

British Dictionary definitions for coted



    1. a small shelter for pigeons, sheep, etc
    2. (in combination)dovecote
  1. dialect, mainly British a small cottage
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Word Origin

Old English cote; related to Low German Kote; see cot ²


  1. (tr) archaic to pass by, outstrip, or surpass
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Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French costoier to run alongside, from coste side; see coast
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Word Origin and History for coted



Old English cote, fem. of cot (plural cotu) "small house, bedchamber, den" (see cottage). Applied to buildings for animals from early 15c.

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