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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for undevoted

Historical Examples of undevoted

  • There were also kitchen-gardens, and some acres of land, as yet undevoted to any special purpose, at the back of the house.

    Daddy's Girl

    L. T. Meade

British Dictionary definitions for undevoted


  1. feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
  2. (postpositive foll by to) set apart, dedicated, or consecrated
Derived Formsdevotedly, adverbdevotedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undevoted



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

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