Dictate vs Devote - What's the difference?

dictate | devote |

As a noun dictate

is an order or command.

As a verb dictate

is to order, command, control.

As an adjective devote is





(en noun)
  • 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,
  • Trademark Owners will nevertheless try to dictate how their marks are to be represented, but dictionary publishers with spine can resist such pressure.
  • To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
  • She is dictating a letter to a stenographer.
    The French teacher dictated a passage from Victor Hugo.

    Derived terms

    * dictation * dictator




  • 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.
  • * Grew
  • They devoted themselves unto all wickedness.
  • * Gray
  • a leafless and simple branch devoted to the purpose of climbing
  • To consign over; to doom.
  • to devote one to destruction
    The city was devoted to the flames.
  • To execrate; to curse.
  • Usage notes

    * Often used in the past participle form, which has become an adjective. See devoted.

    Derived terms

    * devotion


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Devoted; addicted; devout.
  • (Milton)


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