• WordNet 3.6
    • v devote dedicate "give thought to","give priority to","pay attention to"
    • v devote 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"
    • v devote set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use "this land was devoted to mining"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions.
    • n Devote A devotee.
    • a Devote Devoted; addicted; devout.
    • Devote 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."
    • Devote To execrate; to curse.
    • Devote 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.""They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.""A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose of climbing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    • devote To appropriate by or as if by vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn act or with firm intention; consecrate.
    • devote To doom; consign to some harm or evil; doom to destruction: used absolutely, to curse or execrate.
    • devote To addict or surrender, as to an occupation or a pursuit; give or yield up; direct in action or thought.
    • devote Synonyms Devote, Dedicate, Consecrate, Hallow, destine, set apart. In dedicate and the cognate words devote, devout, etc., the root idea is always that of a complete mental consecration; thus, devotion (def. 2) is the consecration of the entire mind to God and his worship; and a devout (def. 1) spirit is one entirely absorbed in the worship or service of God. To devote indicates the inward act, state, or feeling; to dedicate is to set apart by a promise, and indicates primarily an external act; to consecrate is to make sacred, and refers to an act affecting the use or relations of the thing consecrated; to hallow is to make holy, and relates to the character of the person or thing hallowed. Thus, we devote ourselves by an act of the mind; we dedicate our lives or property by a more formal act; we consecrate to sacred uses a building not before sacred; and we hallow the name of God, recognizing in it its inherent holy character.
    • devote Devoted; devout.
    • n devote A devotee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to the poor in India, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
    • v.t Devote de-vōt′ to vow: to set apart or dedicate by solemn act: to doom: to give up wholly
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “Matrimonial devotion doesn't seem to suit her notion.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Whatever I am offered in devotion with a pure heart -- a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water -- I accept with joy.”
  • Warren Wiersbe
    Warren Wiersbe
    “The eyes see what the heart loves. If the heart loves God and is single in this devotion, then the eyes will see God whether others see Him or not.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. devotus, p. p. of devovere,; de, + vovere, to vow. See Vow, and cf. Devout Devow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. devovēre, devōtumde, a way, and vovēre, to vow.


In literature:

He could not but love a young and beautiful wife so devoted to him.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The first authoritative treatise devoted to coffee only appeared in 1671.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
He devoted most of his time to lecturing on Woman's Rights, The Sin of Slavery, The Temperance Reform and Peace.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Rutler, a faithful and resolute man, served his master with blind devotion.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
What a bore that sort of devotion must be.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We omitted to mention his absorbing filial devotion.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Benjamin devoted himself with great assiduity to learn the trade of a printer.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The retired farmer can become an active and devoted evangelist, preacher or organizer.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
Republicanism was not the only matter in his political creed to which Gerald O'Mahony was devoted.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
The first session was devoted to a memorial service for Lucretia Mott.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Devotion is only suited to inert and listless souls, while yours is formed for action.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
She knew from his every look, tone and gesture that he admired her intensely, devotedly.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Thereafter he devoted himself to law and letters.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Francezka could but see the devotion of the two Chevernys to her.
"Francezka" by Molly Elliot Seawell
Yet he always considered it a noble art, to which I would devote myself entirely, if I should become acquainted with it.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg
He attained eminence as a poet and dramatist, but his best powers were devoted to his principal calling as theatre director.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
Penelope is also a devoted mother.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
He retains his health by taking a daily walk, rain or shine, to which he devotes two hours.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
"Avarice-Anger:" by Eugène Sue
Do you not know that you can depend upon me as one of the most devoted of your friends?
"Pride" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

There His inmost heart's emotion
Made He to his Father known;
In the spirit of devotion
Musing there alone.
"Solitude" by John Bowring
At her poor table will he eat?
He shall be served there
With honour and devotion meet
For any king that were!
"Martha" by George MacDonald
Wake, in thy scorn and beauty,
And listen to the strain
That murmurs my devotion,
That mourns for thy disdain.
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
In thoughts that none will read,
In blood that leaves no strain,
Words spoken to the rain,
Devotion none will heed.
"Strange Captivity" by Marya Zaturenska
'Twas sweet to see the Lady fair,
Each blessed sabbath morn,
Wear such a sweetly solemn air,
Of bright devotion, born.
"The Holy Lady" by James Avis Bartley
Who is it, in love's servitude,
Devotes his generous life,
And measures by his own heart's good
A world with evil rife?
"The Poet's Mission" by Ernest Jones

In news:

A blurry photograph of four Nubian children in sunlight is the first picture in the inaugural exhibition of the Howard Gilman Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum's new suite devoted exclusively to photography.
In an act of love and devotion, it seems as though one 21-year-old Iranian man may have taken that expression a little too literally.
She was a devoted member of Hillvale Baptist Church.
Now, thanks to the devoted efforts of a few researchers here and abroad, all this may change.
Once again the Perry's stage, devoted to DJ's and.
She was the devoted mother of Diane Curran Kidwell and her husband Daniel of Randolph, Mass.
Her sensible nature, devotion to family served her well.
Two of the novel's most devoted fans discuss the many problems with the newest film version of 'Jane Eyre .
A screen shot from BuzzFeed's recently created "vertical" devoted to animals.
Devoted Locals Line Up Early for Black Friday.
After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving gray wolves, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf recovery business and leave it to individual states.
Why the movie inspires such bizarre devotion in its fans.
George was devoted to his teams--the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins.
This remarkable, lucid and very lengthy explanation of one of the central acts of malice in world history required a lifetime of scholarly devotion.
The desperate center of Jessie Ware's debut album, "Devotion," is "Taking In Water," a languorous and arresting tragedy about punishing oneself so that someone less worthy might live.

In science:

Recently much effort has been devoted to the study of some non-standard gravitational theories, that is theories which allow for non-metricity and torsion of the spacetime.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
This is the third in a series of papers devoted to locally trivial quantum bundles, following and .
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Most of the success of the AdS/CFT correspondence is so far devoted to those situations where at least some fraction of supersymmetry is preserved.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Two iteration cycles were made: the first one is devoted to the determination of the (e/π)T ile ratio and the second one is the energy reconstruction itself.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
Therefore, this paper is devoted to fill this gap introducing a perturbation method adapted to our formalism.
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
The rest of the note is devoted to the proof of the following theorem.
Homology for irregular connections
This section is devoted to providing such a description.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
This section is devoted to a discussion of the dynamical spin conductivity σ ′ (ω ) in the spin-1/2 XXZ chains.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Section 3 is devoted to determining these differences and setting up the Feynman rules.
The D0-brane metric in N = 2 sigma models
Sect. 6 is devoted to proofs of technical lemmas.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
Many works have been devoted, in the last few years, to the construction and the realization of quantum groups.
Fractional Supersymmetry through Generalized Anyonic algebra
The next few lemmas will be devoted to finding restrictions on the horizontal curves in the configuration C ⊂ P1 × P1 , culminating in Proposition 3.9.
Rational polynomials of simple type
An important part of these lectures is devoted to showing that these matrix integrals, upon apropriately adding time-parameters, are natural tau-functions for integrable lattices, like the Toda, Pfaff and Toeplitz lattices, but also for integrable PDE’s, like the KdV equation.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
This paper is devoted to a systematic study of random walks on the modular group P SL(2, ZZ) and on some closely related groups: the braid group B3 , the Hecke groups Hq and the free groups Fn (all definitions are given below).
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
Section IV is devoted to the study of the action of these groups in the hyperbolic plane; a discussion of our results and the relation between the different approaches are presented in section V.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces