- 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
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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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Examples from the Web for devote
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To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve.
How many hours in the twenty-four do you devote to your needle?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I swear that, laying aside all other ends, to that sole purpose I will devote my days.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Devote, then, ye mothers of Israel, devote your babes to piety and God!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
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Shall we hesitate to devote to him whatever he claims, or whatever we can bestow?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
- obsolete to curse or doom
C16: from Latin dēvōtus devoted, solemnly promised, from dēvovēre to vow; see de-, vow
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Word Origin and History for devote
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