Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
  • transitive v. To set apart for a specific purpose or use: land devoted to mining.
  • transitive v. To set apart by or as if by a vow or solemn act; consecrate: a temple devoted to Apollo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Devoted; addicted; devout.
  • n. A devotee.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To execrate; to curse.
  • transitive v. To give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention of wholly or compound; to attach; -- often with a reflexive pronoun

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appropriate by or as if by vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn act or with firm intention; consecrate.
  • To doom; consign to some harm or evil; doom to destruction: used absolutely, to curse or execrate.
  • To addict or surrender, as to an occupation or a pursuit; give or yield up; direct in action or thought.
  • Synonyms Devote, Dedicate, Consecrate, Hallow, destine, set apart. In dedicate and the cognate words devote, devout, etc., the root idea is always that of a complete mental consecration; thus, devotion (def. 2) is the consecration of the entire mind to God and his worship; and a devout (def. 1) spirit is one entirely absorbed in the worship or service of God. To devote indicates the inward act, state, or feeling; to dedicate is to set apart by a promise, and indicates primarily an external act; to consecrate is to make sacred, and refers to an act affecting the use or relations of the thing consecrated; to hallow is to make holy, and relates to the character of the person or thing hallowed. Thus, we devote ourselves by an act of the mind; we dedicate our lives or property by a more formal act; we consecrate to sacred uses a building not before sacred; and we hallow the name of God, recognizing in it its inherent holy character.
  • Devoted; devout.
  • n. A devotee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
  • v. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
  • v. dedicate

Etymologies

Latin dēvovēre, dēvōt-, to vow : dē-, de- + vovēre, to vow.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Why, you may ask, do we non-believers take a moment out of our lives once a year to honor a man who is popularly known as a devote Christian who became a civil rights hero?

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  • Gospel than such as devote themselves to conversation with God in retreat, and who leave that retreat to preach the doctrines of salvation only when they have reason to think that God calls upon them to do so.

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  • And what reason hath the church of God to admit none to be her ministers to consecrate and daily receive this most pure sacrament, but such as devote themselves to a life of perpetual purity.

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  • And what reason hath the church of God to admit none to be her ministers to consecrate and daily receive this most pure sacrament, but such as devote themselves to

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  • That he thought of her intently, constantly, I need hardly say; most people wondered why such a clever young man shouldn't "devote" himself to something; but to himself he seemed absorbingly occupied.

    Madame De Mauves

  • The same deliverance furnishes the imagery by which the return from Babylon is described (Isa 48: 20, 21). destroy -- literally, "devote," or "doom," that is, dry up; for what God dooms, perishes (Ps 106: 9 Na 1: 4). tongue -- the Bubastic branch of the Nile [Vitringa]; but as the Nile was not the obstruction to the exodus, it is rather the west tongue or

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  • So we understand that Micah was unable to get to Jerusalem and perhaps for some kind of devote reason he decided he would build a replica of the temple on his own property.

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  • If any of these 'devote' religious fantatics truely had any faith, they would not be trying to dominate or kill others to acheive some 'divine' roll.

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  • Or does their 'devote' conviction about 'all life is sacred' actually take precedence.

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