1. zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection: a devoted friend.

verb (used with object), de·vot·ed, de·vot·ing.

  1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one’s time to reading.
  2. to appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: She devoted her life to God.
  3. to commit to evil or destruction; doom.


  1. feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
  2. (postpositive foll by to) set apart, dedicated, or consecrated

verb (tr)

  1. to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
  2. obsolete to curse or doom

1590s, “set apart by a vow,” past participle adjective from devote (v.). Meaning “characterized by devotion” is from c.1600. Related: Devotedly.


1580s, from Latin devotus, past participle of devovere (see devotion). Second and third meanings in Johnson’s Dictionary (1755) are “to addict, to give up to ill” and “to curse, to execrate; to doom to destruction.” Related: Devoted; devoting.

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