dote

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dote shower with love; show excessive affection for "Grandmother dotes on her the twins"
    • v dote be foolish or senile due to old age
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The daughter of confectioner Leo Hirschfield is commemorated in the name of the sweet he invented: Although his daughter's real name was Clara, she went by the nickname Tootsie, and in her honor, her doting father named his chewy chocolate logs Tootsie Rolls.
    • Dote A marriage portion. Obs See 1st Dot n.
    • n Dote An imbecile; a dotard.
    • Dote Natural endowments.
    • Dote To act foolishly. "He wol make him doten anon right."
    • Dote To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon; as, the mother dotes on her child. "Sing, siren, for thyself, and I will dote .""What dust we dote on, when 't is man we love."
    • Dote To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel. "Time has made you dote , and vainly tell
      Of arms imagined in your lonely cell."
      "He survived the use of his reason, grew infatuated, and doted long before he died."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a house in Rockport, Massachusetts, built entirely of newspaper. The Paper House at Pigeon Cove, as it is called, is made of 215 thicknesses of newspaper. According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.
    • dote To be stupid; act like a fool.
    • dote To be silly or weak-minded from age; have the intellect impaired by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers.
    • dote To bestow excessive love; lavish extravagant fondness or liking: with on or upon: as, to dote on a sweetheart; he dotes upon oysters.
    • dote To decay, as a tree.
    • dote To love to excess.
    • n dote A dotard.
    • n dote A state of stupor; dotage.
    • n dote Same as dot.
    • n dote plural Natural gifts or endowments.
    • dote To endow; give as endowment.
    • n dote Decay or rot in timber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dote dōt (arch.) to be stupid or foolish: to be weakly affectionate: to show excessive love—formerly also spelt Doat
    • n Dote a dotard
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Quotations

  • Edward Young
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    “Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote, and think they grow immortal as they quote.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. doten,; akin to OD. doten, D. dutten, to doze, Icel. dotta, to nod from sleep, MHG. tzen, to keep still: cf. F. doter, OF. radoter,to dote, rave, talk idly or senselessly), which are from the same source

Usage

In literature:

Musette dotes on Marcel, and will not leave him.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
My mother doted on her own image in her daughter and in me.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He doted on John McCormack's ballads, and I secretly applauded his choice.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
What effect would it have on his mother, who doted on him, and for whom he had the truest affection?
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
She dotes on 'The Duchess,' and puts her last dime into Braddon.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
In the one, Colin dies for love of disdainful Thestylis, who in her turn dotes despairingly upon an ugly churl.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
But what I've done I accomplished because I just naturally dote on that kind of thing.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
I just dote on cold, crisp lettuce.
"Billy Whiskers' Adventures" by Frances Trego Montgomery
Physicians dote upon me: I am an admirable field of research.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878." by Various
But Ecuadorians dote on Guayaquil, and refuse to connect themselves directly with the great nations of the East.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
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In poetry:

Master only left old Mistus
One bright and handsome boy;
But she fairly doted on him,
He was her pride and joy.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
“O, doting world, methinks your stay
Is weaker than a reed!
Our Father turns His face away;
‘Tis dark indeed.”
"Doubting" by Henry Kendall
She simply dotes on hazel eyes
(And mine, you note, are that);
She likes a man of portly size;
(Gad! I am getting fat!)
"Circumstantial Evidence" by Ellis Parker Butler
Little student, leave your book,
And come and sit by my side;
If you dote on Tennyson so,
I'll be jealous of him, my bride.
"Home" by Marietta Holley
"That shall I do this very day",
His doting spouse replied;
"You will not know the pretty thing
When he is washed and dried.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Dote not on earthly weeds and toys,
Which do not, cannot suit thy taste:
The flow'rs of everlasting joys
Grow up apace for thy repast.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are doting parents even when they're not together and RadarOnline.com has photos of them with their adorable children.
The Tolstoy tale of a bored wife and doting mother martyred by her scandalous love for a rakish cavalry officer in Imperial Russia is a perfect period vehicle for Keira Knightle.
As the recession drags on, moms and dads are finding ways to dote on their kids without opening their wallets.
At home, I unplug to be a loving wife to my best friend & doting mom to my blended family of boys, 29, 11 and 2.
Doting son, angry over his college expulsion .
Olive Branch gardener dotes on his 11-acre backyard park.
(AP) — Jim Hurst has doted on his trees, arranged in three "families" on a bluff high above the rushing French Broad River.
Portrait of doting mother emerges in case of Quebec woman charged with killing her three children.
View full size Courtesy of the Eissler Family Mark Eissler doted on his little girl, Amy, born Oct 23, 1984.
In pivotal Florida, where more than 1 in 4 voters are over 65, the presidential campaigns have doted on seniors as if they were honored guests at a statewide banquet.
One woman's life with a cranky preteen stepchild, her doting dad and a big, furry love machine READ.
He has twin daughters, age 21, who he dotes over and will do anything for.
The empty nester couple dote on their small dog, a shih-tzu named Berkeley, telling Nashville architect Ridley Wills, of The Wills Co.
The actor says ex-girlfriend Hayek dotes on her dogs and will do the same with new baby Valentina.
A doting new grandfather faces a difficult separation.
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In science:

Doted line and dot-dashed line represent hP ik as functions of ΦAB /π and kso ℓ/π for the triangular loop chain in the presence of either a perpendicular magnetic field or the spin-orbit effect, respectively.
Electron localization in linear chains of identical loop scatterers
Average total As (dashed blue) and average total Ga (green dote dashed) contributions are seen also.
Absence of halfmetallicity in defect-free Cr, Mn-delta-doped Digital Magnetic Heterostructures
Doted and dashed curves correspond to stable and unstable branches respectively.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
Hubble parameter H = ˙a/a and the dotes denote the differentiation with respect to time t.
The Compactification Problems of Additional Dimensions in Multidimensional Cosmological Theories
We may use these remote estimates as upper and lower bounds respectively of our exponent estimation and these are indicated in the panel by the doted lines.
Universality aspects of the d=3 random-bond Blume-Capel model
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