devote

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verb de·vote \di-ˈvōt, dē-\

Definition of devote

devoted

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devoting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit by a solemn act devoted herself to serving God

  3. 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.

devotement

play \-ˈvōt-mənt\ noun

Examples of devote in a Sentence

  1. I conscientiously devote several hours every weekend to playing with my dog.

  2. planning a diplomatic career, she's been intensely devoting herself to the study of foreign languages in college

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Origin and Etymology of devote

Latin devotus, past participle of devovēre, from de- + vovēre to vow

Synonym Discussion of devote

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


DEVOTE Defined for Kids

devote

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verb de·vote \di-ˈvōt\

Definition of devote for Students

devoted

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devoting

  1. 1 :  to set apart for a special purpose The land was devoted to wildlife preservation.

  2. 2 :  to give up to entirely or in part He devoted himself to finding a cure.



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