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·vot·ed, a. Consecrated to a purpose; strongly attached; zealous; devout; as, a devoted admirer. -- De*vot*ed*ly, adv. -- De*vot*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: zealous in devotion or affection; "a devoted husband and
father"; "devoted friends"
2: (followed by `to') dedicated exclusively to a purpose or
use; "large sums devoted to the care of the poor"; "a life
devoted to poetry" [syn: devoted(p)]