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dot

2 verb
     
dot2 past tense and past participle dotted, present participle dotting [transitive]
1 to mark something by putting a dot on it or above it:
She never dots her i's.
2 [usually passive] if an area is dotted with things, there are a lot of them there but they are spread far apart
be dotted with something
The lake was dotted with sailboats.
be dotted about/around etc something
The company has over 20 stores dotted around the country.
Poppies dotted the field.
3 to put a very small amount of something on a surface, especially in several places
dot something with something
Dot the apples with butter.
4

dot the i's and cross the t's

informal to pay careful attention to all the details when you are finishing something

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