devote

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dēvōtus, past participle of Latin dēvoveō (dedicate by a vow, sacrifice oneself, promise solemnly).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈvoʊt/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈvəʊt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊt

Verb[edit]

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Grew and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
    • (Can we date this quote by Gray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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Translations[edit]

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]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

devote

  1. Inflected form of devoot

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

devote

  1. inflection of devot:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

devote

  1. Feminine plural of adjective devoto.

Noun[edit]

devote f

  1. plural of devota

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Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Participle[edit]

dēvōte

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēvōtus

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Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

devote

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of devotar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of devotar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of devotar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of devotar