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Meaning of DOTE

Pronunciation:  dowt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  shower with love; show excessive affection for; "Grandmother dotes on her the twins"
  2. [v]  be foolish or senile due to old age

DOTE is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: age, get on, love, maturate, mature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dote\, n. [See {Dot} dowry.]
    1. A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st {Dot}, n. --Wyatt.
    2. pl. Natural endowments. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  2. \Dote\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Doted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Doting}.] [OE. doten; akin to OD. doten, D. dutten, to doze,
    Icel. dotta to nod from sleep, MHG. t?zen to keep still: cf.
    F. doter, OF. radoter (to dote, rave, talk idly or
    senselessly), which are from the same source.] [Written also
    1. To act foolishly. [Obs.]
             He wol make him doten anon right.     --Chaucer.
    2. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the
       intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind
       wanders or wavers; to drivel.
             Time has made you dote, and vainly tell Of arms
             imagined in your lonely cell.         --Dryden.
             He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated,
             and doted long before he died.        --South.
    3. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to
       be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon; as, the mother
       dotes on her child.
             Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote. --Shak.
             What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love. --
  3. \Dote\, n.
    An imbecile; a dotard. --Halliwell.
Thesaurus Terms
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