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Main Entry: de·vote
Inflected Form(s): de·vot·ed; de·vot·ing 1: to set apart for a special purpose <devote land to farming> 2: to give (oneself) up to <devoted herself to her career> synonymsDEVOTE, DEDICATE, CONSECRATE mean to set apart for a special and often higher purpose. DEVOTE is likely to suggest strong reasons and often a long-term goal <devoted her evenings to studying law>. DEDICATE suggests a solemn devotion to a serious or sacred purpose <dedicated his life to helping the poor>. CONSECRATE suggests the giving of a solemn or sacred quality to something <consecrate a church to the worship of God>.