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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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  • 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!'

  • He has escaped: to follow him is to die; and where should we learn to dote on death unterrified, if not in Rome?

    Shelley John Addington Symonds
  • "I dote on 'em," comes back the Dowager, and "my daughter" owned up that she "adored" 'em.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I dote upon chaperones; and by coming with this family, I had Mrs. Twamberley to matronize me.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • Nobody knows him like me; and if there was ever one made for him to dote on, it's your own self.

  • 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
  • Besides, by partial fondness shown, Like you, we dote upon our own.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • 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
  • "Yet it would be classical to dote upon a mermaid," Caius murmured.

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
British Dictionary definitions for dote


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

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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