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 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 This new stimulus package should be devoted primarily to supporting productive activities rather than maintaining incomes from idle human and physical capital. Dennis Snower For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The government should pay businesses and workers to be productive, not to do nothing," 20 May 2020 It is devoted to the study and practice of Odissi, a fluid and intricate temple dance more than 2,000 years old, one of the world’s oldest dance traditions. Washington Post, "Inside one of the few places where dancers still perform, founded by a glamorous disco impresario," 11 May 2020 As the chief brand officer of Deluxe, a small business financial services company, Brinkman has long been devoted to helping those companies serve their communities and adapt to ever-changing commercial and digital landscapes. Wired Staff, Wired, "Now Is the Time for Main Street Shops to Go Digital," 28 Apr. 2020 The university is devoted to transparency, U-M spokesman Fitzgerald said. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Lawyer: U-M's new Anderson claims process is a way to 'avoid public and court scrutiny'," 28 Apr. 2020 But a website called Over the Cap, which is devoted to NFL contract information, produces a reliable projection of compensatory-pick assignments to come. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "As Cowboys’ draft receives praise, one area is not to be overlooked," 26 Apr. 2020 Collectors, whether of first-edition books, Star Trek trivia or first-pressing garage rock 45s, are an insular bunch, and a whole subset of film has been devoted to such communities. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Three new documentaries explore the enduring allure of a great record store," 17 Apr. 2020 Many of the letters are devoted to the Moltkes’ dealings with bureaucrats in their efforts to secure clemency for Helmuth. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Real Resistance Looks Like," 29 Feb. 2020 Patriarchal Press Service, via Reuters MOSCOW — A physics student at Moscow State University, Dmitri Pelipenko turned away from science in 2018 to devote himself to God, enrolling as a novice monk at Holy Trinity-St. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia," 5 May 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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Devote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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