[ doht ]
See synonyms for: dotedotingdoter on

verb (used without object),dot·ed, dot·ing.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.

  1. decay of wood.

Origin of dote

1175–1225; Middle English doten “to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded”; cognate with Middle Dutch doten

Other words from dote

  • doter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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.

    Country Lodgings | Mary Russell Mitford
  • Dry material statements presented the reality she doated to think of.

  • How she doated on Leonard, the most commonplace and unattractive of young men!

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3 | Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I have doated on you—pined for you—and passion—passion only—will I accept, or bear from you.'

    Self-control | Mary Brunton
  • But this truculent Salwager assured me seriously that he had ‘doated on them,’ and promised me the first pair they should hatch.

    Two Suffolk Friends | Francis Hindes Groome

British Dictionary definitions for dote


now rarely doat

/ (dəʊt) /

  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

Origin of dote

C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake

Derived forms of dote

  • doter or now rarely doater, noun

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