devote to (someone or something)

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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 have completely devoted myself to my family, I refuse to relocate for work and upend their lives. Unfortunately, Molly seems to have devoted herself to a dubious nonprofit organization.
2. To allocate or earmark someone or something for someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "devote" and "to." This week, I'm devoting all of my free time to finishing my term paper. All of the interns have been devoted to our mailing, so it shouldn't take too long to finish.
3. To dedicate a religious or other solemn occasion to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "devote" and "to." Today's prayer service is devoted to people in war-torn countries around the globe.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: devote, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Now she would be able to devote herself to large yet definite duties; now she would be allowed to live continually in the light of a mind that she could reverence.
With a mind inexpressibly relieved, good Doctor Allday asked permission to return to his patients: leaving Emily to devote herself to her friend's letter.
She had no Napoleonic dream, and was content to devote herself to the arts of peace.
Haifa Wehbe celebrated recovery from illness, which lasted about a month, and made her stop all her art activities and devote herself to treatment, thus, she posted two pictures from her hospital room to reassure her lovers.
Suranne Jones wants to devote herself to challenging roles and not parts that steal her soul.
Salma Elloumi posted on her official Facebook page that "the social, economic and political situation has pushed her to resign, to devote herself to helping bring the progressive centrist family together, to unify its ranks and to end its fragmentation and division before it is too late."
Why would someone as conspicuously devoid of personal grievances as Shamima Begum, who was neither poor nor uneducated, devote herself to a terrorist organisation whose main intention is the killing of innumerable men, women, and children?
Di Ying, 56, mother of Taiwanese terror suspect An Tso 'Edward' Sun, is reportedly quitting the showbiz world to devote herself to the care of her son.
Steven is thrilled when Lauren quits her internship - until she reveals that she did it so she can concentrate on finding a full-time job and not so she can devote herself to him 24 hours a day.
Can Catty learn how to devote herself to her passion while maintaining the respectful bonds of true friendship?
Britain's Sunday Mirror had earlier reported that the 44-year-old singer had "called a halt to her music career" and would devote herself to acting, under the bombshell headline "Kylie Minogue quits singing."
At 101 going on 102, Mrs Mary Augusta Edwards, from Bodorgan, on Anglesey, is still going strong and continues to devote herself to public service.
So, right now, her plate is totally clean and she can devote herself to her baby," the source added.
Ms Dynamite Neva Soft Stunning comeback single from the Scots singer who took seven years out to devote herself to being a single mum.
I found it to be an incredibly slow novel and I was unable to empathise with any of the three main characters: Jack, the 'bad boy' of the family who returns home, Glory, the daughter who decides to devote herself to their dying father, and the dying father himself.