- To devote is to dedicate yourself to a cause or a person.
- An example of to devote is to say vows of love at your wedding ceremony.
- An example of to devote is to work for a soup kitchen without any pay.
- The definition of devote is to set aside something for a specific use.
- An example of to devote is to ask a DJ to play a song for your wife.
- An example of to devote is to use land for organic farming.
- to set apart for a special use or service; dedicate
- to give up (oneself or one's time, energy, etc.) to some purpose, activity, or person
- Obs. to curse or doom
Origin of devote; from Classical Latin devotus, past participle of devovere, to dedicate by vow ; from de-, from + vovere, to vow: see vote
transitive verbde·vot·ed, de·vot·ing, de·votes
- To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
- To set apart for a specific purpose or use: land devoted to mining.
Origin of devoteLatin dēvovēre, dēvōt-, to vow : dē-, de- + vovēre, to vow.
(third-person singular simple present devotes, present participle devoting, simple past and past participle devoted)
- To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.
- They devoted their lives to following Jesus Christ.
- I devoted this afternoon to repainting my study, and nothing will get in my way.
- To consign over; to doom.
- to devote one to destruction
- The city was devoted to the flames.
- To execrate; to curse.
- Often used in the past participle form, which has become an adjective. See devoted.
(comparative more devote, superlative most devote)
- (obsolete) Devoted; addicted; devout.