Definition of devote in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈvōt/


[with object]
1 (devote something to) Give all or a large part of one’s time or resources to (a person, activity, or cause): I wanted to devote more time to my family she devoted herself to fundraising
More example sentences
  • Therefore, devoting substantial staff resources to training, organizing, leading, and sustaining family psychoeducation is seen as a luxury.
  • And the authority has praised Mr Hampson as a ‘committed and devoted teacher’ who worked tirelessly throughout the year.
  • It is incumbent upon all Muslims to devote a proportion of their excess income to the support of religious and charitable works.
allocate, assign, allot, commit, give (over), apportion, consign, pledge;
dedicate, consecrate;
set aside, earmark, reserve, designate
2 archaic Invoke or pronounce a curse upon.
Example sentences
  • And the hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war and of thunder.
  • The priestesses and priests turning towards the setting sun, the dwelling of the infernal gods, devoted with curses the sacrilegious wretch.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'dedicate formally, consecrate'): from Latin devot- 'consecrated', from the verb devovere, from de- 'formally' + vovere 'to vow'.

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Syllabification: de·vote

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