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[doht] /doʊt/
verb (used without object), doted, doting. Also, doat
to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually (usually followed by on or upon):
They dote on their youngest daughter.
to show a decline of mental faculties, especially associated with old age.
decay of wood.
Origin of dote
1175-1225; Middle English doten to behave foolishly, become feeble-minded; cognate with Middle Dutch doten.
Related forms
doter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dote upon
Historical Examples
  • You must know that I dote upon that girl, and that consequently I am interested in you.

  • Well, what will women not swear to, to save those they dote upon!'

  • I dote upon chaperones; and by coming with this family, I had Mrs. Twamberley to matronize me.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • Besides, by partial fondness shown, Like you, we dote upon our own.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Never, for her mother's sake, suffer my heart again to be softened by an object I might dote upon.

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • "Yet it would be classical to dote upon a mermaid," Caius murmured.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • Because we love each other, would that be any reason why we must dote upon each other, or sink from our high resolves?

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • All this is nothing; because all these men, and thousands of others, dote upon you.

  • Couples who dote upon their children, therefore, are best avoided.

    Sketches by Boz Charles Dickens
  • But the General really had reason to dote upon these shirts.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
British Dictionary definitions for dote upon


verb (intransitive)
foll by on or upon. to love to an excessive or foolish degree
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 upon



c.1200, "to be feeble-minded from age," from Middle Low German doten "be foolish," of unknown origin. Meaning "to be infatuated" is from late 15c. Related: Doted; dotes; doting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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