de·​vote | \ di-ˈvōt How to pronounce devote (audio) , dē- \
devoted; devoting

Definition of devote

transitive verb

1 : to commit by a solemn act devoted herself to serving God
2 : to give over or direct (time, money, effort, etc.) to a cause, enterprise, or activity Part of the lecture was devoted to taking questions from the audience. She devoted her life to public service.

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Other Words from devote

devotement \ di-​ˈvōt-​mənt How to pronounce devote (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of devote in a Sentence

I conscientiously devote several hours every weekend to playing with my dog. planning a diplomatic career, she's been intensely devoting herself to the study of foreign languages in college
Recent Examples on the Web Aronofsky, meanwhile, is done with Batman movies — Year Two didn’t make enough money to demand a third one anyway — and instead decides to devote his efforts to a time-traveling existential meditation called The Fountain. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021 And cost is an issue since the 49ers are scheduled to devote $26.9 million in salary cap space to Garoppolo in 2021. Eric Branch,, "Garoppolo may remain 49ers’ starter in 2021, but what’s Plan B if he’s hurt again?," 29 Dec. 2020 The group urged the media to devote more coverage to Mr. Yang during his campaign. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Andrew Yang Files Paperwork to Explore New York City Mayoral Run," 23 Dec. 2020 Now the tables have turned, as Air Force can sit back and devote extra time in preparation while Army quickly turns around for one of the year's defining matchups. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Army smothers Navy, 15-0, for its fourth win in last five meetings in the rivalry," 12 Dec. 2020 Most people lack the time or wealth to devote themselves to politics. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "The Professor and the Politician," 12 Nov. 2020 Now is the time to strengthen your resolve and re-devote yourself to prevention measures. Jay Maddock, CNN, "Has pandemic fatigue set in? Here's why you might have it," 12 Nov. 2020 Dietrich left a high-tech career in San Francisco to devote himself full time to wildlife photography and the study of nature. Diane Haithman, Los Angeles Times, "This California photo safari yields bobcats, oysters and viewing tips," 31 Oct. 2020 But Warren acknowledged that having a member of your extended family devote themselves entirely to the rearing of your children, presumably without pay, is an incredibly rare gift. Caroline Siegrist, Washington Post, "What’s Amy Coney Barrett’s child-care secret? Maybe she should let us in on it.," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of devote

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for devote

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

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The first known use of devote was in 1586

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Devote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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de·​vote | \ di-ˈvōt How to pronounce devote (audio) \
devoted; devoting

Kids Definition of devote

1 : to set apart for a special purpose The land was devoted to wildlife preservation.
2 : to give up to entirely or in part He devoted himself to finding a cure.

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