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
But despite this, Jack had become very dear to the childless couple, and they were as blind as doating parents to his defects.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
It had been meant for his own father doating over the memory of another son.The Bondman | Hall Caine
Marcel doating on Françonnette, flirts with all, endeavours to rouse her jealousy, and has tales to tell of his successes.Barn and the Pyrenees | Louisa Stuart Costello
But she was, and is, a doating mother, and her feelings are greatly engrossed by her children.That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
My father's mistress was with child, and he, doating on her, allowed or overlooked her vulgar manner of tyrannizing over us.Maria | Mary Wollstonecraft
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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