1 [dohz]
verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
to sleep lightly or fitfully.
to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often followed by off ): He dozed off during the sermon.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
to be dull or half asleep.
verb (used with object), dozed, dozing.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often followed by away ): He dozed away the afternoon.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.

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

6. snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks. Unabridged


2 [dohz]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dozed, dozing.
Informal. to clear or level with a bulldozer.

1940–45; shortened form of bulldoze Unabridged
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doze (dəʊz)
1.  to sleep lightly or intermittently
2.  (often foll by off) to fall into a light sleep
3.  a short sleep
[C17: probably from Old Norse dūs lull; related to Danish döse to drowse, Swedish dialect dusa slumber]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Dan. dose "to make dull," Swed. dial. dusa "to sleep"); related to O.E. dysig "foolish" (see dizzy). May have existed in dialect earlier than attested date.
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Example sentences
While dozing off at your desk might be adequate for these benefits, lying down
  is best, say the experts.
It took a failed nuclear inspection, two missile trucks crashing, and junior
  officers literally dozing off with launch codes.
If you speak well enough to make a conference of dozing middle managers sit up,
  your fortune is made.
If you're sleep-deprived, key parts of your brain may be dozing even when
  you're awake, according to a new study of rats.
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