devote

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devote (third-person singular simple present devotes, present participle devoting, simple past and past participle devoted)

  1. 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.
    • Grew
      They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
    • Gray
      a leafless and simple branch [] devoted to the purpose of climbing
  2. To consign over; to doom.
    to devote one to destruction
    The city was devoted to the flames.
  3. To execrate; to curse.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the past participle form, which has become an adjective. See devoted.

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Adjective[edit]

devote (comparative more devote, superlative most devote)

  1. (obsolete) Devoted; addicted; devout.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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Dutch[edit]

Adjective[edit]

devote

  1. Inflected form of devoot

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

devote

  1. feminine plural of devoto

Noun[edit]

devote f

  1. plural form of devota

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

dēvote

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēvotus