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
- 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
- adj. Devoted; addicted; devout.
- n. A devotee.
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
Latin dēvovēre, dēvōt-, to vow : dē-, de- + vovēre, to vow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)