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 devotement (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 Why does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state’s largest news organization, devote substantial time and resources to independently tracking cases in schools around the state and posting that data online? Jonathan Anderson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin should name schools with COVID-19 cases," 13 Oct. 2020 Sendak says the experience has convinced him that AI healthcare projects should devote more resources to studying social as well as technical performance. Tom Simonite, Wired, "AI Can Help Patients—but Only If Doctors Understand It," 2 Oct. 2020 In the Dickensian reimagining, maybe Trump would devote his waning months in office to doing the best job possible to contain the virus and return science to the center of the battle against the pandemic. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Biden Should Be Worried," 2 Oct. 2020 Instead of spending $164 million (€140 million) a year on an F1 engine program, Honda will instead devote those resources to carbon-free technology for road cars, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Honda shocks F1, says it will quit the sport after 2021," 2 Oct. 2020 That Goldstein would ignore these two accomplishments and instead devote nearly an entire chapter to English artisans’ opposition to industrialization – which has little to do with his overall subject – is baffling. Kevin O’kelly, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Money’ tells the history of currency – with some digressions," 16 Sep. 2020 Mayor Joe Hogsett on Tuesday announced the city will devote millions in federal coronavirus aid to provide rehousing services to the homeless. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "School starts, paper masks, ‘hero pay’: News from around our 50 states," 11 Sep. 2020 Your first draft did not devote nearly enough attention to the 1521 Edict of Worms. Eddie Small, The New Yorker, "So, You’re Absolutely Certain You Want a Refund?," 3 Sep. 2020 Red Wing ran print ads in the New York Times and Star Tribune to promote its campaign and also will devote social media on Monday to the job listings. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Red Wing Shoes stores to become 'job centers' on Labor Day," 2 Sep. 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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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Devote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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