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[dih-voht] /dɪˈvoʊt/
verb (used with object), devoted, devoting.
to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.:
to devote one's time to reading.
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.
to commit to evil or destruction; doom.
Origin of devote
1580-90; < Latin dēvōtus vowed (past participle of dēvovēre), equivalent to dē- de- + vōtus; see vote, vow
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for devote
  • He will become vice chairman of the board, he said, and devote his time to policy matters rather than operations.
  • Two or three paragraphs are not too much to devote to your teaching experience.
  • Sadhus devote themselves to the spiritual life, own few possessions, and typically depend on donations to survive.
  • devote more resources to population reduction in underdeveloped countries is the key.
  • Even ethanol boosters consider it reckless to devote a large chunk of one's portfolio to the sector.
  • Yet governments devote few resources to the problem, she said, in part because of the stigma of mental illness.
  • Next, list the same roles according to the percentage of time you devote to each.
  • Corporate campuses often devote a large percentage of available space to landscaping, and those sweeping lawns require irrigation.
  • It is surprising how little space the authors devote to this problem.
  • Be sure to devote enough time to each to truly experience what makes it special.
British Dictionary definitions for devote


verb (transitive)
to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
(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 devote

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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