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Definition of devote verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

devote

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verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈvəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvoʊt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devote
BrE BrE//dɪˈvəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvoʊt//
 
he / she / it devotes
BrE BrE//dɪˈvəʊts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvoʊts//
 
past simple devoted
BrE BrE//ˈvəʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊtɪd//
 
past participle devoted
BrE BrE//ˈvəʊtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊtɪd//
 
-ing form devoting
BrE BrE//dɪˈvəʊtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvoʊtɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘dedicate formally, consecrate’): from Latin devot- ‘consecrated’, from the verb devovere, from de- ‘formally’ + vovere ‘to vow’.Extra examples She devoted herself entirely to writing. He devoted a lifetime to working with disabled children. He devoted all his attention to his mother. I could only devote two hours a day to work on the project Most companies devote resources to quality control and product testing. Phrasal Verbsdevote something to somethingdevote yourself to somebody
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