- 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.
Origin of dote
Examples from the Web for dote
Well, what will women not swear to, to save those they dote upon!'The Pirate and The Three Cutters
"I dote on 'em," comes back the Dowager, and "my daughter" owned up that she "adored" 'em.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nobody knows him like me; and if there was ever one made for him to dote on, it's your own self.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Besides, by partial fondness shown, Like you, we dote upon our own.Welsh Folk-Lore
"Yet it would be classical to dote upon a mermaid," Caius murmured.The Mermaid
now rarely doat
- (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
Word Origin and History for dote
c.1200, "to be feeble-minded from age," from Middle Low German doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Meaning "to be infatuated" is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.