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1 to keep or intend for a special purpose
  • I conscientiously devote several hours every weekend to playing with my dog

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2 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention
  • planning a diplomatic career, she's been intensely devoting herself to the study of foreign languages in college

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How does the verb devote contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of devote are consecrate, dedicate, and hallow. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use consecrate instead of devote?

The words consecrate and devote are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality.

consecrate a church to the worship of God

When could dedicate be used to replace devote?

While in some cases nearly identical to devote, dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose.

dedicated her life to medical research

When would hallow be a good substitute for devote?

Although the words hallow and devote have much in common, hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity.

battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots

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The first known use of devote was in 1586

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“Devote.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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