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dote, doat, doze

A form of decay in which wood becomes soft and weak and has a dull lifeless appearance.
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But Sarah has more reason than most to dote on Rafferty, five, Charlie, four, one-year-old Billy and seven-month-old Laurie - she was only 10 when her mother died of cancer.
The sale of his Internet company left him with an impressive fortune and considerable free time: "twenty-four hours a day." So he dotes on his odd parents and his dachshund Isabella.
She ignores her own children but dotes on the children of friends and acquaintances.