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
Recent Examples on the Web L’Oréal is devoted to encouraging self-worth and inclusivity, and Davis' incredible career on the big screen and as a humanitarian is an extension of that message. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Viola Davis Is Named the New Face of L’Oréal Paris," 11 Sep. 2019 Much of my journalism for the past four years has been devoted to critiquing President Trump and opposing the spread of Trumpism. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Is Max Boot America’s Most Repetitious Columnist?," 9 Sep. 2019 Since his passing, Talinda has devoted her life to raising awareness about mental health through her organization and connecting with Linkin Park fans on social media to remember Chester, often using the hashtag #MakeChesterProud. Joelle Goldstein,, "Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington's Widow Talinda Announces She's Engaged 2 Years After His Suicide," 7 Sep. 2019 In the midst of the crisis, NASA is doing what NASA does, devoting its orbiting resources to tracking the fires and reporting their source and direction. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Amazon Fires, From an Extraterrestrial Perspective," 6 Sep. 2019 Mr Corbyn has devoted his life to supporting obscure and often repellent causes. The Economist, "British politics goes into the upside down," 5 Sep. 2019 Not since the medieval masons tried to render God in buttresses and vaults had so much stone been devoted to the assertion of permanence. Edward Carr, 1843, "We apologise for the decay," 29 Aug. 2019 However, his agent has dismissed those claims and instead insisted the winger is devoted to remaining in Catalonia and fighting for his place in the side., "Ousmane Dembele's Agent: 'No Chance He Leaves' Barcelona," 28 Aug. 2019 Royal staff are devoting more resources to deleting comments targeting Meghan. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Meghan's friend calls out 'racist bullies' who abuse the duchess," 22 Aug. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of devote was in 1586

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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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