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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devotement \ di-​ˈvōt-​mənt How to pronounce devote (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 Bradley talks often about wanting to keep his teammates involved, and his 4.2 assists per 100 possessions this season are a career best, many coming when teams devote more defensive attention to him. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 The ability to depend on commercial enterprises for low-Earth undertakings frees NASA to devote more attention to more ambitious missions. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Advertisers are also eager for The Fantasy Footballers to devote more attention to sports betting, advice that Halloway isn’t heeding, at least for now. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Wes Kaufman, who attends a church where some CAM leaders also worship, said many congregations had heeded the mission group’s recent request to devote three days to fasting and praying over the situation. Evens Sanon And Peter Smith, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Dec. 2021 And some activists are urging Mr. Biden to devote more attention to problems at home before turning his focus abroad. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Harris ultimately decided to keep his play on the roster after CTG pledged to devote the entirety of its 2021-22 season to plays written by women-identifying or nonbinary playwrights, the majority of whom would be BIPOC artists. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Spencer quit his corporate job in 2017 to devote his full attention to the cigar business. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, 23 Nov. 2021 That means the extra money consumers may have had to devote to paying higher costs for their favorite brands is gone, so prices may become paramount again. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021

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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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“Devote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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