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devote

[dih-voht] /dɪˈvoʊt/
verb (used with object), devoted, devoting.
1.
to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.:
to devote one's time to reading.
2.
to appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate:
She devoted her life to God.
3.
to commit to evil or destruction; doom.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin dēvōtus vowed (past participle of dēvovēre), equivalent to dē- de- + vōtus; see vote, vow
Synonyms
1. assign, apply, consign. 2. Devote, dedicate, consecrate share the sense of assigning or applying someone or something to an activity, function, or end. Devote, though it has some overtones of religious dedication, is the most general of the three terms: He devoted his free time to mastering the computer. Dedicate is more solemn and carries an ethical or moral tone: We are dedicated to the achievement of equality for all. Consecrate, even in nonreligious contexts, clearly implies a powerful and sacred dedication: consecrated to the service of humanity.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-vote

devote

/dɪˈvəʊt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
2.
(obsolete) to curse or doom
Derived Forms
devotement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēvōtus devoted, solemnly promised, from dēvovēre to vow; see de-, vow
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Word Origin and History for de-vote

devote

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1580s, from Latin devotus, past participle of devovere (see devotion). Second and third meanings in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) are "to addict, to give up to ill" and "to curse, to execrate; to doom to destruction." Related: Devoted; devoting.

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