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

Origin of devoted

First recorded in 1585–95; devote + -ed2
Related formsde·vot·ed·ly, adverbde·vot·ed·ness, nouno·ver·de·vot·ed, adjectiveo·ver·de·vot·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·de·vot·ed·ness, nounqua·si-de·vot·ed, adjectivequa·si-de·vot·ed·ly, adverbun·de·vot·ed, adjective

Synonyms for devoted



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

Synonyms for devote

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

Examples from the Web for devoted

Contemporary Examples of devoted

Historical Examples of devoted

  • You've been so devoted to her for three days that you've hardly bowed to old friends.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment.

  • The whole morning whether at home or on a visit was devoted to business.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • He was no longer the fairy godmother's devoted and humble factotum.


    William J. Locke

  • A parting word may, however, be devoted to the poet himself.

British Dictionary definitions for devoted



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


verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for devote

C16: from Latin dēvōtus devoted, solemnly promised, from dēvovēre to vow; see de-, vow
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Word Origin and History for devoted

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



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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