Devote 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. [1913 Webster]

No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the Lord . . . shall be sold or redeemed. --Lev. xxvii. 28. [1913 Webster]

2. To execrate; to curse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear. --Ps. cxix. 38. [1913 Webster]

They devoted themselves unto all wickedness. --Grew. [1913 Webster]

A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose of climbing. --Gray.

Syn: To addict; apply; dedicate; consecrate; resign; destine; doom; consign. See {Addict}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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