Pronunciation: (di-vōt'), [key]
—v.t., -vot•ed, -vot•ing.
1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading.
2. to appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: She devoted her life to God.
3. to commit to evil or destruction; doom.
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