from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Feeling or displaying strong affection or attachment; ardent.
  • adjective Having been consecrated; dedicated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Set apart; given up, especially to some harm or evil; doomed.
  • Ardent; zealous; assiduous; strongly attached or addicted: as, a devoted friend; a devoted student of philosophy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consecrated to a purpose; strongly attached; zealous; devout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Vowed; dedicated; consecrated.
  • adjective Zealous; characterized by devotion.
  • adjective obsolete cursed; doomed.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of devote.

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

  • adjective zealous in devotion or affection
  • adjective (followed by `to') dedicated exclusively to a purpose or use


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