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DEVOTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does devote mean? 

DEVOTE (verb)
  The verb DEVOTE has 3 senses:

1. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
2. dedicate
3. set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

  Familiarity information: DEVOTE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEVOTE (verb)


Sense 1devote [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dedicate; devote; commit; consecrate; give

Context examples:

She committed herself to the work of God / give one's talents to a good cause / consecrate your life to the church

Hypernyms (to "devote" is one way to...):

apply; employ; use; utilise; utilize (put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "devote"):

consecrate; vow (dedicate to a deity by a vow)

rededicate (dedicate anew)

apply (apply oneself to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 2devote [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dedicate

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

devote; pay; give

Context examples:

give thought to / give priority to / pay attention to

Hypernyms (to "devote" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3devote [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

this land was devoted to mining

Hypernyms (to "devote" is one way to...):

reserve (hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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