[ dih-voh-tid ]
/ dɪˈvoʊ tɪd /


zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection: a devoted friend.

Origin of devoted

First recorded in 1585–95; devote + -ed2

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Definition for devoted (2 of 2)


[ dih-voht ]
/ dɪˈvoʊt /

verb (used with object), de·vot·ed, de·vot·ing.

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

Synonym study

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for devoted (1 of 2)


/ (dɪˈvəʊtɪd) /


feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
(postpositive foll by to) set apart, dedicated, or consecrated

Derived Forms

devotedly, adverbdevotedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for devoted (2 of 2)


/ (dɪˈvəʊt) /

verb (tr)

to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
obsolete to curse or doom

Derived Forms

devotement, noun

Word Origin for devote

C16: from Latin dēvōtus devoted, solemnly promised, from dēvovēre to vow; see de-, vow
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