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devote to (someone or something)

1. To commit or dedicate oneself to someone or something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "devote" and "to." Because I am completely devoted to my family, I refuse to relocate for work and upend their lives. Unfortunately, Molly seems to have devoted herself to a dubious non-profit organization.
2. To allocate or earmark someone or something for someone or something else. The boss has devoted all of the interns to our mailing, so it shouldn't take too long to finish. This week, I'm devoting all of my free time to finishing my term paper.
3. To dedicate a religious or other solemn occasion to someone or something. Today's prayer service is devoted to people in war-torn countries around the globe.
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devote oneself to someone or something

to dedicate or give oneself over to someone or something. Do you agree to devote yourself to this task? She devoted herself to raising her children.
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devote someone or something to someone or something

to dedicate someone or something to the use or benefit of someone or something. I will devote a few of my people to your project. Sarah devoted all of her time to Roger.
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devote to

1. To commit someone or something to some task: She devoted herself to finishing the project. Don't devote all your time to that one project. I'm devoted to finishing this book by Friday.
2. To commit someone loyally to someone or something: She devoted herself to her family. He was entirely devoted to his parents.
3. To set something apart for a specific purpose or use: I'm devoting Saturday to cleaning the house. This knife is devoted to cutting cheese.
4. To set something apart by or as if by a vow or solemn act; consecrate something: The priest devoted the Mass to the veterans in the parish.
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Note: The American Taxation Association will devote part of its February 2007 midyear meeting program to teaching FAS No.
The candidate must devote a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort to the goals of this award.
This model may be appropriate for CPAs who want to be responsive to their customers' needs, but may not want to devote a significant amount of time or resources to this practice area.
Child expert Michael Wilmott of the Future Foundation said: "Parents can devote more time to each child partly because people are having fewer children.
New members without the requisite industry background must devote extra time and effort to gain a working understanding of that business.
Metro North will devote funds to complete the Grand Central Terminal restoration, renovation of the Yonkers station and creation of a station to serve those traveling to and from Yankee Stadium, provided the team decides to remain in The Bronx.
Recognizing the paper-intensive nature of most white-collar investigations, the author devotes two chapters to issues relating to subpoenas, search warrants, evidence collection, and documentation.
A single volume could of course not be expected to realize this goal fully, so, with the publication in 1993 of The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre, a step was taken to devote a whole volume to a "specific and focused concern for one aspect of world theatre" (vii).
to assist in the sale or merger of its quartz manufacturing business to devote its financial resources completely to the computer training business.
The Tax Division has now developed a specific model for a tax specialty accreditation program that would benefit and be available to CPAs who devote a significant part of their professional time to tax practice.
They devote about 45% of their time to A&A, 38% to tax, 5% to consulting and 1% to personal financial planning.
Even with scholars like Claude Cahen, Eliyahu Ashtor, and Andrew Watson, who devote special attention to economic questions, a tendency to draw sweeping conclusions from quite limited data undermines the value of their work.
With this approach, Professor Russell can devote a chapter to the caravels used by Henry's explorers and another to the beginnings of the West African Atlantic slave trade.
The editors do devote segments of their short introductions to Las Casas's compilation of documents composed by Columbus and his summarized versions of some of them.
And if Morris was a bit more forthcoming about his own methodology, I would gladly devote a little more time to the subject.