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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: devotus, past participle of devovere, from vovere 'to promise'

devote

verb
     
de‧vote [transitive]
1 to use all or most of your time, effort etc in order to do something or help someone [= dedicate]
devote your time/energy/attention etc to something
He devoted his energies to writing films.
devote yourself to something
She devoted herself full-time to her business.
2 to use a particular area, period of time, or amount of space for a specific purpose
devote something to something
The meeting will be devoted to health and safety issues.

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