1 (dote on/upon) Be extremely and uncritically fond of: she doted on her two young children
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- He is a 42-year-old father who dotes on his three children.
- He was not my son Joshua's biological father but he doted on him and treated Joshua like his own son.
- He appeared to be a father who doted on his children, especially his little girl.
Middle English (in the sense 'act or talk foolishly'): of uncertain origin; related to Middle Dutch doten 'be silly'.
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- I can't explain it, other than to say that Jennifer was a doter.