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1 give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church" [syn: give, dedicate, consecrate, commit]
2 dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to" [syn: give, pay]
3 set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use; "this land was devoted to mining"

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  1. To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.
    He devoted his life to Allah.
    They devoted their lives to following Jesus Christ.

Usage notes

Usually used in the past participle form.

Derived terms

Related terms


to commit oneself for a certain matter



  1. Feminine plural form of devoto


  1. Plural of devota

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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