- 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 dotes
It would break my heart and kill your mother, who dotes upon you.Rabbi and Priest
The third is the love that “dotes yet doubts,” that doubts but never dies—no never.The War Trail
He seems to have plenty of common-sense, although he dotes on her.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
His wife abhors him, and does not conceal it; and still slavishly he dotes on her.My Novel, Complete
This idea comes from an art student in Paris, who dotes on her window desk.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
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- (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 dotes
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.