Definitions for: Devote

[v] as in the expressions"give thought to"; "give priority to"
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

De*vote", a. [L. devotus, p. p.]
Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.] --Milton.

De*vote", n.
A devotee. [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.

Synonyms: commit, consecrate, dedicate, give, give, pay

See Also: apply, cerebrate, cogitate, employ, rededicate, think, use, utilise, utilize, vow

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