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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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  • This year, however, Ned was devoting himself to Jack Rattleton.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • At present I am devoting all my faculties to killing as many of him as I can.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • We are devoting ourselves to learning and industry; the attainment of wealth and manufacture of character.

  • If you are his enemy, you cannot harm him more than by devoting yourself to my service.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Always she had been timid and retiring, devoting herself to her father until after his death.

    The Ranch Girls in Europe Margaret Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for devoting


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 devoting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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