Definition of devote
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.
devotementplay \-ˈvōt-mənt\ noun
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 of devote from the Web
The first is that the IQ gap delegitimizes policy devoted to redressing the injustices that black people have suffered.
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The Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented annually by the RTDNA, the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism.
On the plus side, the syndrome does allow, say, a CEO to devote more mental resources to decision-making—rather than pleasing the boss.
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Soon thereafter, if additional money is raised, the plans call for small buildings devoted to a greenhouse, a classroom and a workshop, Maier said.
Before assisted suicide was legal in Canada, there was a secret society devoted to helping Canadians end their lives on their own terms.
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Origin and Etymology of devote
Latin devotus, past participle of devovēre, from de- + vovēre to vow
First Known Use: 1586See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of devote
DEVOTE Defined for Kids
Definition of devote for Students
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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