Definition of dote in English:


Syllabification: dote
Pronunciation: /dōt


[no object]
1 (dote on/upon) Be extremely and uncritically fond of: she doted on her two young children
More example sentences
  • 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.
adore, love dearly, be devoted to, idolize, treasure, cherish, worship, hold dear;
indulge, spoil, pamper
adoring, loving, besotted, infatuated;
2 archaic 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'.



More example sentences
  • I can't explain it, other than to say that Jennifer was a doter.

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