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devote

[dih-voht]
verb (used with object), de·vot·ed, de·vot·ing.
  1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading.
  2. 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.
  3. to commit to evil or destruction; doom.
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Origin of devote

1580–90; < Latin dēvōtus vowed (past participle of dēvovēre), equivalent to dē- de- + vōtus; see vote, vow

Synonyms

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.
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Related Words

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  • I am very much obliged to you for devoting so much time to me already.

  • What I mean is that he is thinking of devoting himself to literature exclusively.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • And he had been devoting the years of his manhood to seeking just such a secret.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • It was the time—the only time—she called her own, and she was devoting it to a letter to her brother.

  • Danger of devoting too much attention to individual instances.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for devoting

devote

verb (tr)
  1. to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
  2. obsolete to curse or doom
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Derived Formsdevotement, 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

devote

v.

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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