Definition of dote in English:



  • 1Be extremely and uncritically fond of.

    ‘she doted on her two young children’
    • ‘She doted on him and gave up work to stay at home and be with him.’
    • ‘Unlike Kafka, to whom he bears some resemblance, he doted on his father.’
    • ‘He is a 42-year-old father who dotes on his three children.’
    • ‘She said her boyfriend doted on baby Savannah and was a good father.’
    • ‘Matt is already an accomplished quarter-midget driver, and his father dotes on him.’
    • ‘I knew from my Aunt Maria that my father had doted upon the beautiful Senorita shamelessly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people dote on their grandchildren, spoiling them in the process.’
    • ‘She works in a local beauty clinic, doting on people and trying to make them feel young and beautiful.’
    • ‘I know your father doted on you and let you have free rein, but here I run a stricter household.’
    • ‘Her painfully shy, stuttering father doted on her while her more powerful mother spoiled her.’
    • ‘She was a lovely girl with a soft personality who doted on her grandchildren.’
    • ‘Before feminism, stifling your personal ambitions in favor of doting on your husband was just a drawback to being a woman.’
    • ‘He was a strong, loving father who doted on his daughter maybe a little more than he should have.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To be spoiled and doted on, to take over the bed and the floor and the path.’
    • ‘Elizabeth had doted on her, spoiled her, given her everything a little girl can want.’
    • ‘He was a wonderful father, doting on everything, anything, his sons did.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’


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