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 \ 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

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For the cinephile: Hollywood & Crime Hollywood's seedy underbelly is the setting of some of the world's most famous murders — so why not have a podcast devoted entirely to that particular location? Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "These Podcasts Will Satisfy Your Craving For Making A Murderer," 15 June 2019 This was the time when Samarthanam was looking for a full-time CEO and Madhav was devoting more time and effort on the trust. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Meet the mentor of startups working with differently-abled people," 10 June 2019 Rather than devoting all of their energies to finagling the algorithm, many creators rely on each other. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Shortly thereafter Michals launched the first ever CatCon, quit her job as an entertainment journalist, and devoted her career to serving a community of pet lovers often overlooked. Glamour, "There's Nothing Weird About Owning a Cat," 27 June 2019 Indeed, the drive by environmentalists to highlight climate change reached such a level this spring that many demanded that Democratic leadership hold a presidential debate devoted solely to that topic. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Climate Comes Up at Democratic Debate, But with Few New Details," 27 June 2019 This is the point in the profile in which a heterosexual man would devote two paragraphs to describing the female celebrity’s physical appearance. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 She was born in Winter Park, Florida September 3, 1935.Louise was a passionate Christian and devoted her life in serving the Lord. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/25," 25 June 2019 Especially since that $43 million doesn’t reflect the $13 million devoted to draft-day acquisition T.J. Warren, the presumptive starter at small forward next season. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers have a winner in Goga Bitadze, but potential loser of a 2019-20 season," 21 June 2019

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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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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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