- 1dot something to put a dot above or next to a letter or word Why do you never dot your i's?
- 2[usually passive] dot something to spread things or people over an area; to be spread over an area The countryside was dotted with small villages. Small villages dot the countryside. There are lots of Italian restaurants dotted around London.
- 3to put very small amounts of something in a number of places on a surface dot A on/over B Dot the cream all over your face. dot B with A Dot your face with the cream. Word Origin Old English dott ‘head of a boil’. The word is recorded only once in Old English, then not until the late 16th cent., when it is found in the sense ‘a small lump or clot’, perhaps influenced by Dutch dot
BrE BrE//dɒt//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dot
BrE BrE//dɒt//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːt//he / she / it dots
BrE BrE//dɒts//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːts//past simple dotted
BrE BrE//ˈdɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːtɪd//past participle dotted
BrE BrE//ˈdɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːtɪd//-ing form dotting
BrE BrE//ˈdɒtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːtɪŋ//