- zealous or ardent in attachment, loyalty, or affection: a devoted friend.
verb (used with object), de·vot·ed, de·vot·ing.
- to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one’s time to reading.
- 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.
- to commit to evil or destruction; doom.
- feeling or demonstrating loyalty or devotion; ardent; devout
- (postpositive foll by to) set apart, dedicated, or consecrated
- to apply or dedicate (oneself, time, money, etc) to some pursuit, cause, etc
- 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.