What does devote mean?

Definitions for devote
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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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. Frederick W. Taylor:

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

  2. Michael Seril:

    People overestimate how much time they need to devote to physical fitness in order to live a long, healthy life.

  3. Raner Collins:

    We haven't decided to devote any more resources to it because we don't have any more to devote to it.

  4. Andres Romero:

    We devote all possible resources to the animals since they are born until they die so they subsist and have a good life.

  5. Ross Benes:

    It's a special type of marketer who wants to devote that much time, resources and money to attach themselves to a video game.

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