Definition of devote in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈvəʊt/


[with object]
1 (devote something to) Give all or most of one’s time or resources to (a person or activity): I wanted to devote more time to my family she devoted herself to fundraising
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  • 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, give over, afford, apportion, surrender, consign, sacrifice, pledge, dedicate, consecrate;
set aside, earmark, reserve, designate, spare
1.1Use a certain amount of space or time to cover (a topic): a full page is devoted to each ski run
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  • We're on the IT bandwagon again - TIME magazine has devoted a cover issue to India's strength in this field.
  • Each issue is devoted to some lofty topic: Truth, Creativity, Freedom, etc.
  • We have an entire section of our Q & A part of our website devoted to cloning - see Q & A: Cloning.
2 archaic Invoke or pronounce a curse upon: the hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war
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  • 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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