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Definition of dot verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dot

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1dot something to put a dot above or next to a letter or word Why do you never dot your i's?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ‘a knot’. The sense ‘small mark or spot’ dates from the mid 17th cent.Idioms
    dot your i’s and cross your t’s
     
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    to pay attention to the small details when you are finishing a task
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dot