Dictate vs Devote - What's the difference?
As a noun dictate
is an order or command.
As a verb dictate
is to order, command, control.
As an adjective devote is
An order or command.
- I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
To order, command, control.
* 2001 , Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography , Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 409,
To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
- Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
- She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
- The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.
To give one's time, focus one's efforts, commit oneself, etc. entirely for, on, or to a certain matter.
- They devoted their lives to following Jesus Christ.
- I devoted this afternoon to repainting my study, and nothing will get in my way.
- They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
To consign over; to doom.
- a leafless and simple branch devoted to the purpose of climbing
- to devote one to destruction
To execrate; to curse.
- The city was devoted to the flames.
* Often used in the past participle form, which has become an adjective. See devoted.
(obsolete) Devoted; addicted; devout.