Meaning of devote in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈvəʊt/

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[with object]
  • 1devote something toGive all or most of one's time or resources to (a person or activity)

    ‘I wanted to devote more time to my family’
    • ‘she devoted herself to fundraising’
    • ‘Therefore, devoting substantial staff resources to training, organizing, leading, and sustaining family psychoeducation is seen as a luxury.’
    • ‘And the authority has praised Mr Hampson as a ‘committed and devoted teacher’ who worked tirelessly throughout the year.’
    • ‘It is incumbent upon all Muslims to devote a proportion of their excess income to the support of religious and charitable works.’
    • ‘He's taken up freight delivery now that he has left the Army to devote his efforts to finding the gun runner.’
    • ‘He retired from the army in 1910 to devote his energies to the Boy Scout movement he had founded several years earlier.’
    • ‘Like Franklin D. Roosevelt, his efforts at first were devoted to preventing further weakening of an army that many, Hitler among them, regarded as irrelevant.’
    • ‘Those over 35 suffered most from devoting their energies to family life while holding down a career - 90% said their relationship had been badly affected.’
    • ‘Grady prefers to remain in stiflingly hot New York, devoting her summer to crossing social boundaries by conducting a secret liaison with Clyde Manzer, a working-class Jewish car park attendant some years her senior.’
    • ‘Although conceptions about the subject have indeed evolved, there still remains a relatively close bond between young adults and their traditional morals of settling down and devoting themselves to a family life.’
    • ‘It showed us the plight of Pam, a 50-something still-attractive widow who, having raised at least one daughter, is now devoting her middle years to the care of her ageing mother, Olive.’
    • ‘‘The best chef in the country told me I had a talent and that I could work in his restaurant any time,’ said Claire, who had been unsure about devoting her life to cooking until Ramsay sang her praises.’
    • ‘But this book is not just about the sport's elite competitors but also acknowledges those club athletes who are far from the sharp end of the field, despite devoting hours to training each week in all weathers.’
    • ‘After undergoing a second liver transplant himself, Pat is taking life a little easier and is devoting himself full-time to tending to his garden in between hospital check-ups.’
    • ‘The farmhouses were $80-100,000, and I didn't relish devoting our lives and cash we don't have to restoring them.’
    • ‘I also came to express my thanks to the artists who are devoting their time and talents to such a vital cause.’
    • ‘The former slaves of Saint Domingue and Guadeloupe abandoned plantation toil whenever they could, instead devoting themselves to subsistence cultivation.’
    • ‘The people who have trouble finding part time work are well-off women like me, in desireable careers, who want to keep their hand in while devoting themselves to raising their children.’
    • ‘We cannot say how much it costs us, but it will mean a lot of staff devoting time to carry out the audit and we would not do that lightly.’
    • ‘This man in his 40s, who wants to remain completely anonymous, hopes to be able to stop working, thanks to this sale, and realize an old dream: devoting himself to painting.’
    • ‘It needs about $100,000 a year to operate, and the few volunteers they have are devoting a disproportionate number of their hours to raising money, taking time away from what they want to be doing inside.’
    allocate, assign, allot, commit, give, give over, afford, apportion, surrender, consign, sacrifice, pledge, dedicate, consecrate
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    1. 1.1Use a certain amount of space or time to cover (a topic)
      ‘a full page is devoted to each ski run’
      • ‘We're on the IT bandwagon again - TIME magazine has devoted a cover issue to India's strength in this field.’
      • ‘Each issue is devoted to some lofty topic: Truth, Creativity, Freedom, etc.’
      • ‘We have an entire section of our Q & A part of our website devoted to cloning - see Q & A: Cloning.’
      • ‘But there are countless sites like Mr Song's devoted to one of the few political passions permitted by the government: hatred for Japan.’
      • ‘They devoted page upon page, day after day, to tales of mass murders, common graves, summary executions, and war crimes.’
      • ‘Having explored the context of Christian ethics in part two by examining the impact of modernism and postmodernism upon ethics, he devotes part three to the task of making ethical decisions.’
      • ‘Indeed, virus-laden books and pamphlets sit upon my shelves with lonely chapters devoted to theorizing upon and delivering anti-anti-virus code.’
      • ‘But this year Buffett is deeply unsettled by the complex world of derivatives and the column inches devoted to his dire warning this week do not exaggerate his concern.’
      • ‘Three decades on, there are countless websites devoted to Dad's Army and other sitcoms of the 1970s (some of which really ought to be given a decent burial).’
      • ‘Today this column makes no excuse for devoting the bulk of its content in tribute to Steve Webster, the 43-year-old North Yorkshire sidecar phenomenon and one of the most over-looked men in British sport.’
      • ‘The New York Times buried less than 600 words - mainly about security precautions - on page 17, devoting the front page to a photo of the first couple dancing.’
      • ‘In 1999, Channel Four went women-only crazy, not only devoting a whole night of TV to Bridget Jones but also every Wednesday evening to ‘women's’ programming.’
      • ‘Emotions are running high among United supporters, with effigies of Glazer being burnt outside Old Trafford, season tickets being torn up and the Manchester Evening News devoting front, back and centre pages to the story.’
      • ‘Fathers 4 Justice has proved devastatingly effective at generating publicity, so much so that on Monday Channel 4 will be devoting a one-hour documentary to them.’
      • ‘And, all things considered, the Comment section of the Globe's Oct. 25 edition devoting four of its seven pieces to the States is not out of order.’
      • ‘But if all that is true, then why is ABC, like the other broadcast networks, devoting a mere three hours of prime time over four nights for these conventions?’
      • ‘Even the campaign's biggest newspaper enthusiasts are nervous about any accusation of being prejudiced, devoting many column inches to denying charges of homophobia and bigotry before they had even been made.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, Ministry of Sound is devoting its bandwidth to ‘The Sexiest Music Videos of All Time’ (via La Petite Claudine).’
      • ‘But Terry, let me bring you back to the media question because the broadcast networks, unlike PBS, are devoting an hour a night on average at best to these proceedings.’
      • ‘This is Jim Hightower saying… Hey, PBS - how about devoting TWO HOURS once every two years to our democratic dialogue?’
  • 2 archaic Invoke or pronounce a curse upon.

    ‘the hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war’
    • ‘And the hostile army was devoted with dire execrations to the gods of war and of thunder.’
    • ‘The priestesses and priests turning towards the setting sun, the dwelling of the infernal gods, devoted with curses the sacrilegious wretch.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘dedicate formally, consecrate’): from Latin devot- ‘consecrated’, from the verb devovere, from de- ‘formally’ + vovere ‘to vow’.