- 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 doted
I married a lady of wealth and affluence, one I loved and doted on.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
To crown their happiness, they were blessed with two lovely children on whom they doted.Among the Sioux
R. J. Creswell
He was the best man that ever—pard, you would have doted on that man.Roughing It
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
How she doted on him because he considered his present state to be a purgatory!The Belton Estate
It was dreadful of me, I know, to think of it, but I knew he doted on me.The Riddle of the Mysterious Light
Mary E. Hanshew
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 doted
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.