• (America) IPA: /dɪˈvoʊt/
  • (British) IPA: /dɪˈvəʊt/

devote (devotes, present participle devoting; 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.
    • They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
    • 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
Related terms Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) devoted; addicted; devout

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