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[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
1.
to sleep lightly or fitfully.
2.
to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off):
He dozed off during the sermon.
3.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
4.
to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, dozing.
5.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away):
He dozed away the afternoon.
noun
6.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; orig. (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots, N England dialect dozened, Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norse dūsa rest, Swedish dialect dusa doze, slumber, Middle Low German dusen to be thoughtless; cf. daze
Synonyms
6. snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks.

doze2

[dohz] /doʊz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
1.
Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.
Origin
1940-45; shortened form of bulldoze
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Examples from the web for dozed
  • We dozed in the heat, and lolled upon the ground, with half open eyes.
  • He dozed off and on constantly, sleeping twelve hours a day.
  • He dozed half an hour in the wind-rocked car, woke shivering and cramped.
  • The camera then moves to the scene of a fatal crash caused by her husband who dozed at the wheel.
  • After talking to a friend on the phone, she had started to read and must have dozed off.
  • As they marched along in the late night hours many of the soldiers dozed.
  • Trees will not be dozed off the location or access road, except on private surface where trees may be dozed.
  • Note if you dozed off or jumped ahead, go ahead and put the actual time down, not the time that it is supposed to be.
  • Michele talked about her father, as he dozed in his chair nearby.
  • The errant driver apparently dozed off and may have been driving under the influence of alcohol.
British Dictionary definitions for dozed

dozed

/dozd; dəʊzd/
adjective
1.
(mainly Irish) (of timber or rubber) rotten or decayed
Word Origin
C18: probably from doze

doze

/dəʊz/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to sleep lightly or intermittently
2.
(often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
noun
3.
a short sleep
Derived Forms
dozer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Old Norse dūs lull; related to Danish döse to drowse, Swedish dialect dusa slumber
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Word Origin and History for dozed

doze

v.

1640s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse dusa "to doze," Danish døse "to make dull," Swedish dialectal dusa "to sleep"); related to Old English dysig "foolish" (see dizzy). May have existed in dialect earlier than attested date. Related: Dozed; dozing. As a noun, from 1731.

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