[ doht ]
/ doʊt /
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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.
decay of wood.
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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
There are five varieties of them, the largest of which is the hood seal and the smallest the doter or harbour seal.
The handsomest of them all is the "ranger," as the young doter is called.
British Dictionary definitions for dote
now rarely doat
/ (dəʊt) /
(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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