Pronunciation: (di-vōt'),[key] —v.t.,-vot•ed, -vot•ing. 1. to give up or appropriate to or concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc.: to devote one's time to reading. 2. to appropriate by or as if by a vow; set apart or dedicate by a solemn or formal act; consecrate: She devoted her life to God. 3. to commit to evil or destruction; doom.