Definition of devote
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.
devotementplay \-ˈvōt-mənt\ noun
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
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of devote for Students
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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