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Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteverb

    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, devoteverb


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

  3. devoteverb

    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

    "this land was devoted to mining"


  1. devoteverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devoteverb

    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. Devoteverb

    to execrate; to curse

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

  3. Devoteverb

    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. Devoteadjective

    devoted; addicted; devout

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

  5. Devotenoun

    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  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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. Ehsan Sehgal:

    If you devote your life to humanity, you have to clean up first your thoughts, behaviours, and manners to establish neutrality, equality, fairness, justice, and love; second, you only have to focus, to help others without personal expectations, desires and any hope of returns.

  2. Brendan Buck:

    After nearly 20 years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father.

  3. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory:

    This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

  4. Andrew Carnegie:

    The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

  5. Rod Rosenstein:

    Citizens who devote their careers to public service deserve at least the same benefit of the doubt that we give friends and relatives who do not spend nights and weekends risking their reputations, and sometimes their lives, to protect America.

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    denote or connote
    • A. doom
    • B. observe
    • C. demolish
    • D. signify

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