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.
- doter, 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.Country Lodgings | Mary Russell Mitford
Dry material statements presented the reality she doated to think of.The Amazing Marriage, Complete | George Meredith
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
(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
- doter or now rarely doater, noun
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