devote
transitive verb (devoted; devoting) Etymology: Latin devotus, past participle of devovēre, from de- + vovēre to vow Date: 1586 1. to commit by a solemn act <
devoted herself to serving God
>
2. to give over or direct (as time, money, or effort) to a cause, enterprise, or activitydevotement noun Synonyms: devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective <
devoted his evenings to study
>
. dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose <
dedicated her life to medical research
>
. consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality <
consecrate a church to the worship of God
>
. hallow often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity <
battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • devote — 1 Devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart something or less often someone for a particular use or end. Devote often implies a giving up or setting apart because of motives almost as impelling as those that demand a vow {devotes her …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devote — I verb allot, apply, apportion, appropriate, assign, attend, be absorbed in, be attentive, be engrossed in, concentrate, concern, consecrare, consecrate, contemplate, dedere, dedicate, devovere, direct attention, focus, give attention, heed,… …   Law dictionary

  • devote — [di vōt′] vt. devoted, devoting [< L devotus, pp. of devovere, to dedicate by vow < de , from + vovere, to vow: see VOTE] 1. to set apart for a special use or service; dedicate 2. to give up (oneself or one s time, energy, etc.) to some… …   English World dictionary

  • devote — ► VERB (devote to) ▪ give (time or resources) to. ORIGIN originally in the sense «dedicate formally, consecrate»: from Latin devovere consecrate …   English terms dictionary

  • Devote — De*vote , a. [L. devotus, p. p.] Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devote — De*vote , n. A devotee. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dévote — de Monaco, née en Corse, martyre au IIIème siècle, son corps fut transféré à Monaco, dont elle est la patronne. Fête le 27 février (27 janvier) …   Dictionnaire des saints

  • devote — 1580s, from L. devotus, pp. of devovere (see DEVOTION (Cf. devotion)). Related: Devoted; devoting. Second and third meanings in Johnson s Dictionary (1755) are to addict, to give up to ill and to curse, to execrate; to doom to destruction …   Etymology dictionary

  • devote — [v] commit one’s energies, thoughts allot, apply, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, bless, concern oneself, confide, consecrate, consign, dedicate, donate, enshrine, entrust, give, give away, hallow, hand out, occupy oneself, pledge,… …   New thesaurus

  • dévote — ● dévot, dévote adjectif et nom (latin ecclésiastique devotus, dévoué) Qui est zélé pour la religion et les pratiques religieuses : Une famille dévote. Péjoratif. Qui manifeste une dévotion ostentatoire ou hypocrite ; bigot. ● dévot, dévote… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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