To devote is to give time, energy, resources, and even one’s life to something that is important. A person who is devoted makes sacrifices for good reasons so that something may continue.
In these sentences, the word "devote" is a verb:
- Vanessa devotes her spare time to a shelter for homeless people.
- She’s devoted to helping others. (Notice that it’s okay for a gerund to follow "devoted to.")
- It’s important for a company to devote adequate resources to train and retain employees.
- Many Catholic nuns devote their entire lives to helping people who are poor.
- Police officers have devoted their lives in order to serve the communities in which they live.
- LearnAmericanEnglishOnline.com is devoted to people around the world who want to learn English.
A nun is devoted to God.
The word "devoted" is used as an adjective:
- Bob is a devoted husband and father.
- Devoted funding for the school supports scholarships.
- Liu is a devoted daughter.
The word "devotion" is a noun:
- The teachers at that school are well known for their devotion to their students.
- Bob gave all of his love and devotion to his family.
- Years of devotion to his studies resulted in a Master’s degree.
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June 4, 2015