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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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  • Sports fans who dote on statistics should get ready for a new lode.
  • New parents dote on their babies and toddlers, squealing with joy during their cheerleading efforts.
  • If they dote on you, you're better off adjusting to the tougher social world in which you'll have to find your way.
  • Some grandparents gladly volunteer for a job that gives them a chance to dote.
  • He will dote on his captives until they die or go on display.
  • They dote, they obsess, they rearrange work schedules for puppy kindergarten.
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British Dictionary definitions for dote

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
v.

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.

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