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Meaning of DEVOTE

Pronunciation:  di'vowt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  as in the expressions"give thought to"; "give priority to"
  2. [v]  give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

DEVOTE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: commit, consecrate, dedicate, give, give, pay
 See Also: apply, cerebrate, cogitate, employ, rededicate, think, use, utilise, utilize, vow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*vote"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devoted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Devoting}.] [L. devotus, p. p. of devovere; de + vovere
    to vow. See {Vow}, and cf. {Devout}, {Devow}.]
    1. 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.
             No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the
             Lord . . . shall be sold or redeemed. --Lev. xxvii.
    2. To execrate; to curse. [Obs.]
    3. To give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention of
       wholly or compound; to attach; -- often with a reflexive
       pronoun; as, to devote one's self to science, to one's
       friends, to piety, etc.
       Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear.     --Ps. cxix.
       They devoted themselves unto all wickedness. --Grew.
       A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose
       of climbing.                                --Gray.
    Syn: To addict; apply; dedicate; consecrate; resign; destine;
         doom; consign. See {Addict}.
  2. \De*vote"\, a. [L. devotus, p. p.]
    Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.] --Milton.
  3. \De*vote"\, n.
    A devotee. [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.
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