(De*vo"ta*ry) n. [See Devote, Votary.] A votary. [Obs.] J. Gregory.
(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; also, to consign over; to
doom; to evil; to devote one to destruction; the city was devoted to the flames.
No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the Lord . . . shall be sold or redeemed.Lev. xxvii.
2. To execrate; to curse. [Obs.]
3. To give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention of wholly or compound; to attach; often with a
reflexive pronoun; as, to devote one's self to science, to one's friends, to piety, etc.
Thy servant who is devoted to thy fear.Ps. cxix. 38.
They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.Grew.
A leafless and simple branch . . . devoted to the purpose of climbing.Gray.
Syn. To addict; apply; dedicate; consecrate; resign; destine; doom; consign. See Addict.
(De*vote") a. [L. devotus, p. p.] Devoted; addicted; devout. [Obs.] Milton.
(De*vote"), n. A devotee. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys.
(De*vot"ed), a. Consecrated to a purpose; strongly attached; zealous; devout; as, a devoted
admirer. De*vot"ed*ly, adv. De*vot"ed*ness, n.
(Dev`o*tee") n. One who is wholly devoted; esp., one given wholly to religion; one who is superstitiously
given to religious duties and ceremonies; a bigot.
While Father Le Blanc was very devout he was not a devotee.A. S. Hardy.
(De*vote"ment) n. The state of being devoted, or set apart by a vow. [R.] Bp. Hurd.
(De*vot"er) n. One who devotes; a worshiper.
(De*vo"tion) n. [F. dévotion, L. devotio.]
1. The act of devoting; consecration.
2. The state of being devoted; addiction; eager inclination; strong attachment love or affection; zeal; especially,
feelings toward God appropriately expressed by acts of worship; devoutness.
Genius animated by a fervent spirit of devotion.Macaulay.
3. Act of devotedness or devoutness; manifestation of strong attachment; act of worship; prayer. "The love
of public devotion." Hooker.
4. Disposal; power of disposal. [Obs.]
They are entirely at our devotion, and may be turned backward and forward, as we please.Godwin.