Definition of dote in English:

dote

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1dote on/uponBe extremely and uncritically fond of.

    ‘she doted on her two young children’
    • ‘I knew from my Aunt Maria that my father had doted upon the beautiful Senorita shamelessly.’
    • ‘To be spoiled and doted on, to take over the bed and the floor and the path.’
    • ‘She works in a local beauty clinic, doting on people and trying to make them feel young and beautiful.’
    • ‘Her painfully shy, stuttering father doted on her while her more powerful mother spoiled her.’
    • ‘Quiet and unassuming, she has been doting on their first grandchild Sophie, who was born two weeks ago, while he has been preparing for the leadership battle.’
    • ‘He was a strong, loving father who doted on his daughter maybe a little more than he should have.’
    • ‘Most people dote on their grandchildren, spoiling them in the process.’
    • ‘Elizabeth had doted on her, spoiled her, given her everything a little girl can want.’
    • ‘She doted on him and gave up work to stay at home and be with him.’
    • ‘Matt is already an accomplished quarter-midget driver, and his father dotes on him.’
    • ‘She said her boyfriend doted on baby Savannah and was a good father.’
    • ‘Before feminism, stifling your personal ambitions in favor of doting on your husband was just a drawback to being a woman.’
    • ‘He was a wonderful father, doting on everything, anything, his sons did.’
    • ‘He is a 42-year-old father who dotes on his three children.’
    • ‘She was a lovely girl with a soft personality who doted on her grandchildren.’
    • ‘He appeared to be a father who doted on his children, especially his little girl.’
    • ‘He was not my son Joshua's biological father but he doted on him and treated Joshua like his own son.’
    • ‘I know your father doted on you and let you have free rein, but here I run a stricter household.’
    • ‘He worked, with a devoted anonymity, in the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film, cataloguing and doting on the old movies entrusted to MoMA.’
    • ‘Unlike Kafka, to whom he bears some resemblance, he doted on his father.’
    adoring, loving, amorous, besotted, infatuated, lovesick, passionate
    affectionate, fond, devoted, solicitous, caring, tender, warm, warm-hearted
    overindulgent, indulgent
    lovey-dovey, touchy-feely
    adore, love dearly, be devoted to, idolize, treasure, cherish, lavish affection on, worship, think very highly of, appreciate greatly, admire, hold dear, prize
    indulge, spoil, pamper
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  • 2archaic Be silly or feebleminded, especially as a result of old age.

    ‘the parson is now old and dotes’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense act or talk foolishly): of uncertain origin; related to Middle Dutch doten be silly.

Pronunciation

dote

/dōt/