- 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 devoting
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Since then, the museum registrar has become borderline obsessive in devoting his time to stopping Landis.Expert Art Forger is Exposed in Documentary
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At the very least, she seemed more than happy to be devoting her time to this during that Ellen appearance.The Bizarre Story Behind Paris Jackson’s First Movie
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He can hardly fault Bob Schieffer for devoting most of the interview to his divisive words.Rick Santorum’s Trial by Media Focused on Birth Control
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You now pinpoint creative callings, and nothing can keep you from devoting to them.Your Week: What the Stars Hold
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I am very much obliged to you for devoting so much time to me already.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
What I mean is that he is thinking of devoting himself to literature exclusively.The Portygee
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And he had been devoting the years of his manhood to seeking just such a secret.When the West Was Young
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It was the time—the only time—she called her own, and she was devoting it to a letter to her brother.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
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Danger of devoting too much attention to individual instances.The Teacher
- 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 devoting
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