Devote means to give to. If you devote yourself to jump-roping, you might be found in your driveway every free moment of the day practicing.

Nuns and priests are said to devote their lives to God. A knight in shining armor devotes himself to his lady. If you devote as much energy to your school work as you do to your hair, your grades should improve. If our country devoted to education even half of the resources we pour into defense, we could eliminate poverty.

Definitions of devote

v dedicate

give, pay
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use

“this land was devoted to mining”
Type of:
hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

v give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

commit, consecrate, dedicate, give
offer in good faith
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
consecrate, vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
dedicate anew
apply oneself to
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

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