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devote

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verb de·vote \di-ˈvōt, dē-\

Definition of devote

devoted

devoting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit by a solemn act <devoted herself to serving God>

  3. 2 :  to give over or direct (as time, money, or effort) to a cause, enterprise, or activity

devotement

play \-ˈvōt-mənt\ noun


Examples of devote in a sentence

  1. <I conscientiously devote several hours every weekend to playing with my dog.>

  2. <planning a diplomatic career, she's been intensely devoting herself to the study of foreign languages in college>



Origin and Etymology of devote

Latin devotus, past participle of devovēre, from de- + vovēre to vow


First Known Use: 1586

Synonym Discussion of devote

devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective <devoted his evenings to study>. dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose <dedicated her life to medical research>. consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality <consecrate a church to the worship of God>. hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity <battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots>.


DEVOTE Defined for Kids

devote

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verb de·vote \di-ˈvōt\

Definition of devote for Students

devoted

devoting

  1. 1 :  to set apart for a special purpose <The land was devoted to wildlife preservation.>

  2. 2 :  to give up to entirely or in part <He devoted himself to finding a cure.>





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