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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Katie Rita Corona Katie Rita Corona, devoted wife and mother, passed away at the age of 60 in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 9, 2019. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/13," 13 June 2019 But today, Pera spends more of her time outside the lab, devoting herself to a very different challenge. Quanta Magazine, "In the Ticking of the Embryonic Clock, She Finds Answers," 15 Oct. 2018 As more cases are referred to the Justice Department, officials say the department is looking to devote new resources to meet demand. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses," 9 July 2018 This has led to entire organizations, like Snopes and FactCheck.org, devoting more resources to combating misinformation. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice," 3 July 2018 Shapiro, for his part, devoted a full segment of his show to Tomi Lahren getting water thrown at her during brunch. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "What Trump Really Means When He Talks About Migrant Children, MS-13, and "Animals"," 30 May 2018 Lou was a man devoted first to his family; then his church; his career; and finally, his community. courant.com, "Louis A. Urban Sr.," 6 June 2019 Having devoted two staffers to the project, and given the price of transforming the lobby and basement into a gallery, Goettler says that Cato is likely to lose some money even if all of the pieces sell — but that was the plan from the start. Washington Post, "What does a libertarian art show look like? The Cato Institute is finding out.," 5 June 2019 These designs were featured in the November, 1955 issue of House Beautiful, which Gordon devoted entirely to Wright and his wide-reaching body of work. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Forgotten Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Have a House Beautiful Connection," 23 May 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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