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The word devote and its family (devoted, devotedly, devotes, devoting, devotion, devotions) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb devote

What does devote mean as a doing word?

Devote is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: devoted | devoting | devotes

  1. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Proposition, subject control with -ing]I dedicated myself to helping us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Proposition, not sentential clause]I dedicated myself to the cause

      Dedicate Verbs (with the same syntax): commit, dedicate.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of devote: commit / consecrate / dedicate / give
    • more generic words: apply / employ / use / utilise / utilize = put into service
    • more specific words:
  2. dedicate
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of devote: give / pay
    • more generic words: 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
  3. set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
    • example: this land was devoted to mining
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: reserve = hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

Alternative definition of the verb devote


  1. To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for devote

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Google previewMemoirs of a World War I Nurse (2011)

by Nora Elizabeth Daly (Posthumously)

Devote is the Christian girl who was tortured by Kaiser, and buried in the valley, “ Valley of Goumates,” Monte Carlo's patron saint. During the war Monte Carlo might have perished as a gamblers haven if Sir. Basil Zaharaoff former street urchin ...



facts / story, story into basic facts / charming, charming is triumphant in facts / devote, devote is the composure in facts / climate, climate complete inside your facts /location, location is a gateway fact / advent, advents spent into facts / began , ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

DEVOTE, v. a. & adj. Lat. devoveo, deDevotee', n. s. volus; to vow. To Devo'th.DN Ess, n.s. dedicate to divine 1) Evotion, n.s. or superior service; Devotional, adj. hence to appropriate Devo'tion ALIST, n. s. J in any particular manner: to resign.

Google previewA comprehensive dictionary of English synonymes (1835)

by William Carpenter

To Devote — addict, apply, dedicate ; consecrate. Devout — religious, holy, pious . Dexterity — ability, skilfulness, adroitness, address. Dexterous— clever, skilful, apt, ready, adroit, expert. Dialect — tongue, language, speech, idiom. Dialogue ...

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Usage statistics about devote

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb devote:


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Devote Meaning

Video shows what devote means. To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.. To consign over; to doom.

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Quotes about devote

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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Scrabble value of D2E1V4O1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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