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

  • The leisure of two other days, might be devoted to intellectual improvement, and the pursuits of taste.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • It was to save these devoted servants, that the spring of 1851 saw full 500 British and American seamen within the frigid zone.

  • For four years they were as faithful, affectionate, and devoted to the young men as any wives in all France.

  • And Portia, as Giles saw, was too devoted to Anne to confess her whereabouts without permission.

  • Each time he headed her off, until she gave over the attempt and devoted her energies wholly to keeping out of his clutches.

    Before Adam

    Jack London

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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