The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Devote \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.
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.