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Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, pay, devote(verb)


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

  2. 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"

  3. devote(verb)

    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

    "this land was devoted to mining"


  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

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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. State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford:

    Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved, i'm also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.

  2. Square Inc:

    ( The dual role) may at times adversely affect his ability to devote time, attention, and effort to Square Inc.

  3. Confucius:

    If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    We have a commitment on a bipartisan basis to address the DACA issue, we’ll devote floor time to that in January.

  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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