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dote on (someone or something)

To give a lot of love and attention to someone or something, perhaps to excess. I can't help but dote on my kids whenever they're home from college—I just miss them so much when they're away!
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dote over (someone or something)

To give a lot of love and attention to someone or something, perhaps to excess. I can't help but dote over my kids whenever they're home from college—I just miss them so much when they're away! Don't you think it's a bit weird the way he dotes over that car?
See also: dote, over
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dote on

v.
To show excessive fondness or love to someone: My grandmother dotes on all of her grandchildren.
See also: dote, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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