[ 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
But despite this, Jack had become very dear to the childless couple, and they were as blind as doating parents to his defects.
It had been meant for his own father doating over the memory of another son.
Marcel doating on Françonnette, flirts with all, endeavours to rouse her jealousy, and has tales to tell of his successes.
But she was, and is, a doating mother, and her feelings are greatly engrossed by her children.
My father's mistress was with child, and he, doating on her, allowed or overlooked her vulgar manner of tyrannizing over us.
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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