What does devote mean?

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dɪˈvoʊtde·vote

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word devote.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote(verb)

    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

    "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

  2. give, pay, devote(verb)

    dedicate

    "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"

  3. devote(verb)

    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

    "this land was devoted to mining"

Wiktionary

  1. devote(Verb)

    To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devote(verb)

    to appropriate by vow; to set apart or dedicate by a solemn act; to consecrate; also, to consign over; to doom; to evil; to devote one to destruction; the city was devoted to the flames

    Etymology: [L. devotus, p. p.]

  2. Devote(verb)

    to execrate; to curse

    Etymology: [L. devotus, p. p.]

  3. Devote(verb)

    to give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention of wholly or compound; to attach; -- often with a reflexive pronoun; as, to devote one's self to science, to one's friends, to piety, etc

    Etymology: [L. devotus, p. p.]

  4. Devote(adj)

    devoted; addicted; devout

    Etymology: [L. devotus, p. p.]

  5. Devote(noun)

    a devotee

    Etymology: [L. devotus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Devote

    de-vōt′, v.t. to vow: to set apart or dedicate by solemn act: to doom: to give up wholly.—adj. Devōt′ed, given up, as by a vow: doomed: strongly attached: zealous.—adv. Devōt′edly.—ns. Devōt′edness; Devotēē′, one wholly or superstitiously devoted, esp. to religion: a fanatic; Devōte′ment (Shak.); Devō′tion, consecration: giving up of the mind to the worship of God: piety: prayer: strong affection or attachment: ardour: (pl.) prayers: (obs.) religious offerings: alms.—adj. Devō′tional.—ns. Devō′tionalist, Devō′tionist.—adv. Devō′tionally. [L. devovēre, devōtumde, a way, and vovēre, to vow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. devote

    To spend a proportionate amount of time focused on a hobby, role, responsibility, obligation or duty.

    She devoted a reasonable amount of time to her children, time with herself and time spent with the rest of her family, she led a harmonious and balanced life.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'devote' in Verbs Frequency: #699

How to pronounce devote?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say devote in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of devote in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of devote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of devote in a Sentence

  1. Phillip Stamman:

    These mothers devote hours each week to serving the students with free meals and a brief message about Jesus. They should not be bullied or harassed — but praised. these women will not be intimidated.

  2. Frederick Winslow Taylor:

    Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerably amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and convince his employer that he is going at a good price.

  3. Irvin Feld:

    Each elephant costs over $65,000 a year, per year, over all the years of their life, we're fortunate we're for profit. We do make a profit and we're a privately owned family business, and so we've made a decision we want to devote a lot of resources here.

  4. Xi Jinping:

    We don’t have the luxury as the world’s leading power to devote our attention to one region and ignore another.

  5. Ivan Pavlov:

    What can I wish to the youth of my country who devote themselves to science? ...Thirdly, passion. Remember that science demands from a man all his life. If you had two lives that would not be enough for you. Be passionate in your work and in your searching.

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