Dote Definition

dōt
doted, dotes, doting
verb
To show excessive fondness or love.
Doted on their only child.
American Heritage
To be foolish or weak-minded, esp. because of old age.
Webster's New World
To be excessively or foolishly fond.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
noun

(Ireland) A darling, a cutie.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Dote

Noun

Singular:
dote
Plural:
dotes

Origin of Dote

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English doten

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

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