[ doht ]
/ doʊt /
verb (used without object), dot·ed, dot·ing.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.
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Origin of dote
1175–1225; Middle English doten “to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded”; cognate with Middle Dutch doten
OTHER WORDS FROM dotedoter, noun
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How to use dote in a sentence
Her little boy, born just before his father's death, and upon whom she doated, was a magnificent piece of still life.
Dry material statements presented the reality she doated to think of.
How she doated on Leonard, the most commonplace and unattractive of young men!
I have doated on you—pined for you—and passion—passion only—will I accept, or bear from you.'
British Dictionary definitions for dote
(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 of dotedoter or now rarely doater, noun
Word Origin for dote
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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