devote


devote
devote 1 Devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart something or less often someone for a particular use or end.
Devote often implies a giving up or setting apart because of motives almost as impelling as those that demand a vow
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devotes her full time to the care of the unfortunate

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the administrative work . . . deprived him of the time and energy which he longed to devote to historical research— Callender

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e!oquence, erudition, and philosophy . . . were humbly devoted to the service of religion— Gibbon

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he cared too little for diplomacy to devote himself to it— Commins

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Dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion and often a ceremonial setting apart for a serious and often a sacred use
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idedicate a memorial

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I will dedicate all the actions of my life to that one end— Belloc

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I had devoted the labor of my whole life, and had dedicated my intellect ... to the slow and elaborate toil of constructing one single work— De Quincey

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Consecrate implies the giving of a sacred or exalted character
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his effect was to consecrate the Prussian State and to enshrine bureaucratic absolutism— Dewey

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especially by rites (as those by which a building is set apart for the service or worship of God or by which a bishop or king is elevated to his throne or by which ground is set apart as a burial place of the dead)
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kings of England are consecrated in Westminster Abbey

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the right of burial in consecrated ground

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In more general applications consecrate while not implying such rites does carry a stronger connotation of almost religious devotion than dedicate
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a night of memories and of sighs I consecrate to thee— Landor

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Hallow is a still stronger term, partly because of its use in the Lord's Prayer
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"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name"

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and partly because it often implies an ascription of intrinsic sanctity. Unlike the foregoing terms hallow is not normally used of oneself; thus, one may devote or dedicate or occasionally consecrate oneself to something (as a duty, a responsibility, or an interest), but one hallows something or more rarely someone
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his marriage was hallowed and made permanent by the Church— Barr

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but in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground— Lincoln

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Hallow may also be used to imply a mere respecting or making respectable (as by reason of age or custom) without suggesting a sacred character
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you justify everything, hallow everything— Elizabeth Taylor

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dirty yellow varnish no longer interposes here its hallowing influence between the spectator and the artist's original creation— Fry

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Analogous words: *commit, consign, confide, entrust: assign, *aIIot: *sentence, doom
2 apply, *direct, address
Analogous words: endeavor, strive, struggle, try, *attempt

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  • Devote — De*vote , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devoted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devoting}.] [L. devotus, p. p. of devovere; de + vovere to vow. See {Vow}, and cf. {Devout}, {Devow}.] 1. To appropriate by vow; to set apart or dedicate by a solemn act; to consecrate;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devote — I verb allot, apply, apportion, appropriate, assign, attend, be absorbed in, be attentive, be engrossed in, concentrate, concern, consecrare, consecrate, contemplate, dedere, dedicate, devovere, direct attention, focus, give attention, heed,… …   Law dictionary

  • devote — [di vōt′] vt. devoted, devoting [< L devotus, pp. of devovere, to dedicate by vow < de , from + vovere, to vow: see VOTE] 1. to set apart for a special use or service; dedicate 2. to give up (oneself or one s time, energy, etc.) to some… …   English World dictionary

  • devote — ► VERB (devote to) ▪ give (time or resources) to. ORIGIN originally in the sense «dedicate formally, consecrate»: from Latin devovere consecrate …   English terms dictionary

  • Devote — De*vote , a. [L. devotus, p. p.] Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devote — De*vote , n. A devotee. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dévote — de Monaco, née en Corse, martyre au IIIème siècle, son corps fut transféré à Monaco, dont elle est la patronne. Fête le 27 février (27 janvier) …   Dictionnaire des saints

  • devote — 1580s, from L. devotus, pp. of devovere (see DEVOTION (Cf. devotion)). Related: Devoted; devoting. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • devote — [v] commit one’s energies, thoughts allot, apply, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, bless, concern oneself, confide, consecrate, consign, dedicate, donate, enshrine, entrust, give, give away, hallow, hand out, occupy oneself, pledge,… …   New thesaurus

  • dévote — ● dévot, dévote adjectif et nom (latin ecclésiastique devotus, dévoué) Qui est zélé pour la religion et les pratiques religieuses : Une famille dévote. Péjoratif. Qui manifeste une dévotion ostentatoire ou hypocrite ; bigot. ● dévot, dévote… …   Encyclopédie Universelle


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