de·vote /dɪˈvot, di-/
De·vote v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Devoting.]
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.
No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the Lord . . . shall be sold or redeemed. --Lev. xxvii. 28.
2. To execrate; to curse. [Obs.]
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.
Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear. --Ps. cxix. 38.
They devoted themselves unto all wickedness. --Grew.
A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose of climbing. --Gray.
Syn: -- To addict; apply; dedicate; consecrate; resign; destine; doom; consign. See Addict.
De·vote a. Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.]
De·vote, n. A devotee. [Obs.]
v 1: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She
committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's
talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the
church" [syn: give, dedicate, consecrate, commit]
2: dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay
attention to" [syn: give, pay]
3: set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use; "this land
was devoted to mining"