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

 

doze

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verb
BrE BrE//dəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//doʊz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they doze
BrE BrE//dəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//doʊz//
 
he / she / it dozes
BrE BrE//ˈdəʊzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊzɪz//
 
past simple dozed
BrE BrE//dəʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//doʊzd//
 
past participle dozed
BrE BrE//dəʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//doʊzd//
 
-ing form dozing
BrE BrE//ˈdəʊzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdoʊzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to sleep lightly for a short time I dozed fitfully until dawn. Synonymssleepdoze nap snoozeThese words all mean to rest with your eyes closed and your mind and body not active.sleep to rest with your eyes shut and your mind and body not active:Did you sleep well? I couldn’t sleep last night. It is more usual to say that somebody is asleep than that they are sleeping; but if you use an adverb to say how they are sleeping, use sleeping:‘What’s Ashley doing?’ ‘Sh! She’s asleep.’ The baby was sleeping peacefully. The baby was asleep peacefully.doze to sleep lightly, waking up easily, often when you are not in bed:He was dozing in front of the TV.nap to sleep for a short time, especially during the day.snooze (informal) to sleep lightly for a short time, especially during the day and usually not in bed:My brother was snoozing on the sofa.Patterns to sleep/​doze lightly/​fitfully to doze/​snooze gently Wordfinderdoze, dream, drowsy, insomnia, oversleep, REM, sedative, sleep, soporific, tired Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘stupefy, bewilder, or make drowsy’): perhaps related to Danish døse ‘make drowsy’.Extra examples I dozed fitfully for a few hours. He was dozing comfortably in front of the TV. She would often doze off in the armchair after lunch. We were dozing lazily in the sun when a loud noise woke us. Phrasal Verbsdoze off

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