Definition of devote
- devoted herself to serving God
- Part of the lecture was devoted to taking questions from the audience.
- She devoted her life to public service.
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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