Definition of devotion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvəʊʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvoʊʃn//
    Romance, Love
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] devotion (to somebody/something) great love, care and support for somebody/something His devotion to his wife and family is touching. See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] devotion (to somebody/something) the action of spending a lot of time or energy on something synonym dedication her devotion to duty Her devotion to the job left her with very little free time.
  3. 3 devotions [plural] prayers and other religious practices
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin devotio(n-), from devovere ‘consecrate’, from de- ‘formally’ + vovere ‘to vow’.Extra examples He was mocked for his dog-like devotion to his boss. She will be remembered for her selfless devotion to the cause of the poor. The judge praised the firefighters for their bravery and devotion to duty. The statue of the emperor became an object of devotion. Their single-minded devotion to the care of the dying was admirable. They showed great devotion to each other. a man of deep religious devotion a marriage rooted in mutual devotion and trust her total devotion to her husband his lifelong devotion to his work
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: devotion