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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Outside readers will dig the section devoted to cocktails for the great outdoors. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Flask Cocktails You Can Drink in the Backcountry," 13 Sep. 2019 And now, there’s an entire food truck devoted to it at Disney Springs! Amy Drew Thompson,, "New cookie dough truck rolls into Disney Springs," 26 Aug. 2019 In the early 1990s, a colleague there began talking with Clifford about a cable network devoted to food — something that seems like a no-brainer now but not so much 26 years ago. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Jack Clifford dies; Phoenix sportscaster and philanthropist went to co-found the Food Network," 2 Aug. 2019 Up next: a day at Stretch'd, a boutique fitness studio devoted to stretching. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Got Stretched By a Professional Stretcher at a Boutique Stretching Studio," 5 June 2019 Created in 1912, London’s annual Chelsea Flower Show has blossomed into the world’s most prestigious, over-the-top competition devoted to gardens and flowers. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show," 23 May 2019 In my dreams, my vanity looks like the workspace of a makeup artist at Jennyhouse, a full-service salon in Seoul's Cheongdam neighborhood with five floors devoted to hair, makeup, and nails. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Are the Biggest Makeup Trends in South Korea in 2019," 8 May 2019 That’s a contrast to many of the nation’s top programs, which have devoted money to their own football-only complexes in recent years. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn Board of Trustees approves initiation of 'Football Performance Center’ project," 13 Sep. 2019 But with a couple of exceptions, Democrats haven’t devoted nearly as much consistent attention to Trump’s policies. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Democrats are missing an opportunity to brand Trump as too conservative, poll suggests," 13 Sep. 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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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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