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de·vote

 (dĭ-vōt′)
tr.v. de·vot·ed, de·vot·ing, de·votes
1. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
2. To set apart for a specific purpose or use: land devoted to mining.

[Latin dēvovēre, dēvōt-, to vow : dē-, de- + vovēre, to vow.]

de·vote′ment n.
Synonyms: devote, dedicate, consecrate, pledge
These verbs mean to give to a particular end and especially to a higher purpose. Devote implies faithfulness and loyalty: Nurses devote themselves to the care of the sick.
Dedicate connotes a solemn, often formal commitment: "To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes" (Woodrow Wilson).
Consecrate suggests sacred commitment: His entire life is consecrated to science.
To pledge is to back a personal commitment by a solemn promise: "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people" (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

devote

(dɪˈvəʊt)
vb (tr)
1. to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
2. obsolete to curse or doom
[C16: from Latin dēvōtus devoted, solemnly promised, from dēvovēre to vow; see de-, vow]
deˈvotement n

de•vote

(dɪˈvoʊt)

v.t. -vot•ed, -vot•ing.
1. to give up or apply to a particular pursuit, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to study.
2. to set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: to devote one's life to God.
[1580–90; < Latin dēvōtus, past participle of dēvovēre to vow as a sacrifice =dē- de- + vōvēre to vow]
syn: devote, dedicate, consecrate share the sense of assigning or committing someone or something to a particular activity, function, or end. devote is the most general of these terms, although it carries overtones of religious commitment: He devoted his evenings to mastering the computer. dedicate implies a more solemn or noble purpose and carries an ethical or moral tone: We are dedicated to the achievement of equality for all. consecrate, even in nonreligious contexts, implies an intense and sacred commitment: consecrated to the service of humanity.
devout, devote - Devout and devote come from Latin de- and vovere, "promise."
See also related terms for promise.

devote


Past participle: devoted
Gerund: devoting

Imperative
devote
devote
Present
I devote
you devote
he/she/it devotes
we devote
you devote
they devote
Preterite
I devoted
you devoted
he/she/it devoted
we devoted
you devoted
they devoted
Present Continuous
I am devoting
you are devoting
he/she/it is devoting
we are devoting
you are devoting
they are devoting
Present Perfect
I have devoted
you have devoted
he/she/it has devoted
we have devoted
you have devoted
they have devoted
Past Continuous
I was devoting
you were devoting
he/she/it was devoting
we were devoting
you were devoting
they were devoting
Past Perfect
I had devoted
you had devoted
he/she/it had devoted
we had devoted
you had devoted
they had devoted
Future
I will devote
you will devote
he/she/it will devote
we will devote
you will devote
they will devote
Future Perfect
I will have devoted
you will have devoted
he/she/it will have devoted
we will have devoted
you will have devoted
they will have devoted
Future Continuous
I will be devoting
you will be devoting
he/she/it will be devoting
we will be devoting
you will be devoting
they will be devoting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been devoting
you have been devoting
he/she/it has been devoting
we have been devoting
you have been devoting
they have been devoting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been devoting
you will have been devoting
he/she/it will have been devoting
we will have been devoting
you will have been devoting
they will have been devoting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been devoting
you had been devoting
he/she/it had been devoting
we had been devoting
you had been devoting
they had been devoting
Conditional
I would devote
you would devote
he/she/it would devote
we would devote
you would devote
they would devote
Past Conditional
I would have devoted
you would have devoted
he/she/it would have devoted
we would have devoted
you would have devoted
they would have devoted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.devote - 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"
vow, consecrate - dedicate to a deity by a vow
give - offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
rededicate - dedicate anew; "They were asked to rededicate themselves to their country"
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
sacrifice, give - endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
apply - apply oneself to; "Please apply yourself to your homework"
2.devote - dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
cerebrate, cogitate, think - use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
sacrifice, give - endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
3.devote - set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use; "this land was devoted to mining"
reserve - hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency; "they held back their applause in anticipation"

devote

verb dedicate, give, commit, apply, reserve, pledge, surrender, assign, allot, give over, consecrate, set apart He decided to devote the rest of his life to music.

devote

verb
1. To devote (oneself or one's efforts):
2. To give over by or as if by vow to a higher purpose:
Translations
يُكَرِّسُ، يُخَصِّصُ
zasvětitvěnovat
helligevie
omistaapyhittää
helga, fórna
entuziastaspasišventimas
veltītziedot
nameniti
adamakvakfetmek

devote

[dɪˈvəʊt] VT to devote sth to sthdedicar algo a algo
he devoted three chapters to Japanese politicsdedicó tres capítulos a la política japonesa
she devoted four years to studying historydedicó cuatro años a estudiar historia
she devoted her life to finding a cure for the diseasededicó or consagró su vida a encontrar una cura para la enfermedad
they do not devote enough attention to their childrenno dedican la suficiente atención a sus hijos
we will devote 30% of the money to researchasignaremos or destinaremos el 30% del dinero a la investigación
to devote o.s. to sthdedicarse a algo

devote

[dɪˈvəʊt] vt
to devote sth to sth → consacrer qch à qch
to devote sth to doing sth [+ time, life, money] → consacrer qch à faire qch
to devote o.s. to sth → se consacrer à qch

devote

vt time, life, oneself, book, chapter, attentionwidmen (→ to dat); thoughtverwenden (→ to auf +acc); one’s energieskonzentrieren (→ to auf +acc); buildingverwenden (to für); resourcesbestimmen (to für)

devote

[dɪˈvəʊt] vt to devote (to)dedicare (a)
to devote o.s. to → dedicarsi a (to a cause) → consacrarsi a, dedicarsi a

devote

(diˈvəut) verb
(with to) to give up wholly to or use entirely for. She devotes her life to music.
deˈvoted adjective
1. (sometimes with to) loving and loyal. a devoted friend; I am devoted to him.
2. (with to) given up (to). He is devoted to his work.
devotee (devəˈtiː) noun
a keen follower; an enthusiast. a devotee of football.
deˈvotion noun
1. great love. her undying devotion for her children.
2. the act of devoting or of being devoted. devotion to duty.
References in classic literature ?
But supposing I could be so generous as to take delight in this, still it is ONLY a child; and I can't centre all my hopes in a child: that is only one degree better than devoting oneself to a dog.
Sparsit asked in a light conversational manner, after mentally devoting the whelp to the Furies for being so uncommunicative.
Boxtel at once pictured to himself this learned man, with a capital of four hundred thousand and a yearly income of ten thousand guilders, devoting all his intellectual and financial resources to the cultivation of the tulip.