Definition for DOTE

DOTE, v.i. [D. dutten, to dote, to doze; W. dotiaw, to put out, to cause to mistake, to err, to dote; dotian, to be confused; Fr. radoter, to rave, to talk idly or extravagantly. The French word is rendered in Armoric, rambreal, which seems to be our ramble.]

  1. To be delirious; to have the intellect impaired by age, so that the mind wanders or wavers; to be silly. Time has made you dote, and vainly tell / Of arms imagined in your lonely cell. – Dryden.
  2. To be excessively in love; usually with on or upon: to dote on, is to love to excess or extravagance. What dust we dote on, when 'tis man we love. – Pope. Aholah doted on her lovers, the Assyrians. – Ezek. xxiii.
  3. To decay. – Houston.

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