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Definition of "devote" []

  • To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person. (verb-transitive)
  • To set apart for a specific purpose or use: land devoted to mining. (verb-transitive)
  • To set apart by or as if by a vow or solemn act; consecrate: a temple devoted to Apollo. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "devote" in a sentence
  • "Jet magazine should never again devote its magazine cover to occasion of Foxy Brown's release from jail for any other person for that matter."
  • "Why, you may ask, do we non-believers take a moment out of our lives once a year to honor a man who is popularly known as a devote Christian who became a civil rights hero?"
  • "And what reason hath the church of God to admit none to be her ministers to consecrate and daily receive this most pure sacrament, but such as devote themselves to"