de·vote | \di-ˈvōt, 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 \ noun

Synonyms for devote


address, apply, bend, buckle, give

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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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The American Cancer Society has devoted a web page to the question of whether baby powders or after-shower powders can cause cancer. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson talc verdict goes against what is known about cancer," 13 July 2018 Pence also devoted several minutes to Missouri's U.S. Senate race, which could determine which party controls the chamber next year. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "VP Pence tears into McCaskill, shrugs off disruptions at KC event," 11 July 2018 The movie devotes proper emotional consideration to the physical and mental problems that led to Williams’ suicide at age 63. Mick Lasalle,, "Robin Williams gets his just due in documentary ‘Come Inside My Mind’," 11 July 2018 This month the European Central Bank devoted much of its annual shindig in Sintra, Portugal to discussing the wage puzzle. The Economist, "The rich world needs higher real wage growth," 30 June 2018 At MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, palliative care specialist Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah now devotes extra time to choosing painkillers as availability changes. Linda A. Johnson,, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 The Defense Department has devoted greater resources to behavioral health care over the past decade. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "A plan to help veterans from 'the first minute' they leave the service," 27 June 2018 Sigmond devotes a great deal of time to some of the more obviously spectacularly relevant examples of watches with car and motorsports tie-ins, including those from Rolex and Heuer. Jack Forster,, "See Petrol-Fueled Timepieces Inspired by Cars and Motorcycles," 27 June 2018 Boise devotes considerable money to housing, promotes downtown living and adds its own money to projects built with federal tax credits. Jerry Brady, idahostatesman, "Amid growth, our futile search for the $100,000 house," 27 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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de·vote | \di-ˈvōt \
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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