from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To show excessive fondness or love: parents who dote on their only child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be excessively fond of.
- v. To act in a foolish manner; to be senile.
- n. A darling, a cutie.
- n. An imbecile; a dotard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A marriage portion. [Obs.] See 1st dot, n.
- n. Natural endowments.
- n. An imbecile; a dotard.
- intransitive v. To act foolishly.
- intransitive v. To be weak-minded, silly, or idiotic; to have the intellect impaired, especially by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to drivel.
- intransitive v. To be excessively or foolishly fond; to love to excess; to be weakly affectionate; -- with on or upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be stupid; act like a fool.
- To be silly or weak-minded from age; have the intellect impaired by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers.
- To bestow excessive love; lavish extravagant fondness or liking: with on or upon: as, to dote on a sweetheart; he dotes upon oysters.
- To decay, as a tree.
- To love to excess.
- To endow; give as endowment.
- n. A dotard.
- n. A state of stupor; dotage.
- n. Same as dot.
- n. plural Natural gifts or endowments.
- n. Decay or rot in timber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be foolish or senile due to old age
- v. shower with love; show excessive affection for
"Then you won't have another chance to get a mess of those trout you just 'dote' on."
Seems to me the Tempter comes in many forms, and is just as likely to dote a three-piece-suit and wingtips as he is to have horns and a pitchfork.
She rented a teeny apartment on Ocean Avenue, packed with super sized closets, dainty french provincial furniture, and three kids she did not dote on.
As in weeks past, Burnett continued to dote on Christina, laughing and talking with her alone for several commercial breaks.
Its main mission: to show the world that not all Westchester women just lounge around their extravagant homes, drape themselves in gaudy gowns and dote on their privileged children.
Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory.
I was just six when I wrote it and my aunt was always one to dote on her precocious nephew.
We are supposed to dote upon pregnant women and babies.
College-educated artists or faculty spouses may be willing to dote on their children while their wives take on the "breadwinning" role, but less secure men are more likely to chafe at the domestic tasks.
Even Fabio Capello was inclined to dote on him following his England debut in the 2-2 draw with Montenegro last month that sealed qualification for Euro 2012.
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