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dote

[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat
1.
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
2.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
noun
3.
decay of wood.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dote on

dote

/dəʊt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
2.
to be foolish or weak-minded, esp as a result of old age
Derived Forms
doter, (now rarely) doater, noun
Word Origin
C13: related to Middle Dutch doten to be silly, Norwegian dudra to shake
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Word Origin and History for dote on
dote
c.1200, from M.L.G. doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Dotage, lit. "the state of one who dotes," first recorded late 14c. for "senility." Related: Doted; dotes; doting.
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