Dote meaning

dōt
To be foolish or weak-minded, esp. because of old age.
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To show excessive fondness or love.

Doted on their only child.

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To dote is to be extremely fond of someone or something and to spoil and show great affection, or to be silly and feeble minded.

When a grandparent absolutely adores his grandchild and lavishes attention and gifts on her, this is an example of a time when he dotes on her.

When you are old and feeble minded and mutter things that no longer make sense, this is an example of a time when you dote.

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To be excessively or foolishly fond.
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(intransitive, usually with on) To be excessively fond of.

Little Bill's parents just keep doting on him.

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(intransitive, archaic) To act in a foolish manner; to be senile.
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(Ireland) A darling, a cutie.
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Origin of dote

  • Middle English doten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English doten; compare to Germanic dotten, "to be foolish".

    From Wiktionary