Definition of devote in English:

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devote

Pronunciation: /dəˈvōt/

verb

[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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: de·vote

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