devote

verb
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 \ -​ˈvōt-​mənt How to pronounce devotement (audio) \ 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

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One Twitter user devoted the majority of his account to harassing him. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Recently, Fury and Crissle have devoted a segment of the podcast to talking about mental health—an important topic that's still considered taboo in many cultures. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Beyond jeans, the maternity fashion market is quite robust: It’s currently valued at $1 billion, with more than 1,500 brands expressly devoted to maternity clothing, according to a 2018 report, growing 200 percent from 2014 to 2017. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 Between the release of a Pumpkin Spice collection from Too Faced and Summer Fridays’ IG-friendly pumpkin face mask, PSL fans can finally devote their beauty routines to their favorite fall beverage. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks and SkinnyDip London Collaborated on Pumpkin Spice Latte Nail Decals," 13 Oct. 2018 Some websites devoted to collections of public-domain films may simply link to content on YouTube anyway, as the Public Domain Flix site does. New York Times, "Find Free (Old) Feature Films Online," 26 June 2018 In December 2010, a mysterious banjo tune popped up on a website devoted to early recordings. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "This mysterious recording was the missing musical link to an era when racism was the tune," 22 June 2018 As a young man, Fleming moved from England to Kitzbühel, a town in the Austrian mountains, according to a website devoted to the author’s legacy. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mountaintop Museum Highlights the History of Bond—James Bond," 19 June 2018 There are 89 of these interchanges in the United States, according to divergingdiamond.com, a website devoted to the interchange design. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Trump rebuild America program sends $67 million to remake I-75 in Boone County," 8 June 2018

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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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devote

verb
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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