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devoted

[dih-voh-tid] /dɪˈvoʊ tɪd/
adjective
1.
zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection:
a devoted friend.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; devote + -ed2
Related forms
devotedly, adverb
devotedness, noun
overdevoted, adjective
overdevotedly, adverb
overdevotedness, noun
quasi-devoted, adjective
quasi-devotedly, adverb
undevoted, adjective
Synonyms
faithful, constant, loyal, devout.

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
1580-90; < 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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  • The world's only telescopes devoted to searching for aliens went dark two months ago because of a lack of funds.
  • We find this particularly distressing in a scholarly community supposedly devoted to freewheeling inquiry.
  • Their book is devoted to making the case for a single bold solution.
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  • In blind people, parts of the brain that normally process sight are instead devoted to hearing.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars have been devoted to it.
British Dictionary definitions for devoted

devoted

/dɪˈvəʊtɪd/
adjective
1.
feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
2.
(postpositive) foll by to. set apart, dedicated, or consecrated
Derived Forms
devotedly, adverb
devotedness, noun

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 devoted
adj.

1590s, "set apart by a vow," past participle adjective from devote (v.). Meaning "characterized by devotion" is from c.1600. Related: Devotedly.

devote

v.

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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