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

v.
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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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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References in classic literature ?
There only remained a resolution to return to my ancient studies and to devote myself to a science for which I believed myself to possess a natural talent.
"Monseigneur, I am flattered to devote myself to your orders."
"In that case," said the little man, gravely, "I will cancel all of my engagements before the crowned heads of Europe and America and devote myself to the people of Oz, for I love you all so well that I can deny you nothing."
"I devote myself to it, and I have means, but I can do nothing.
"But on my honor, I never will do so again, and henceforth devote myself to the interest of this immortal club."
Then, all at once: "Monsieur," said he, "I have promised to devote myself to God.
"If I had to live again I believe I should devote myself to one or the other." He began turning the pages.
Thus, his epilogue asserts: "I do not devote myself to nonfiction, black or dirty realism, nor to damned autofiction; without further ado, the space in which I have always moved is simply fictions."
Half-hearted, not because I didn't want to devote myself to this last stretch to finally graduate.
I want to devote myself to the happiness of the people so I will make an effort to that end," said the crown princess.
Raised in beautiful Wenatchee I moved back to my hometown to devote myself to Real Estate.
"My exit from the government helps me to devote myself to the case and prove that I am innocent of these malicious charges," he said.
"I want to devote myself to becoming a person that will inspire others," Azuma said when asked if she wanted to serve as a role model for other women.
This is why I love my job and why I devote myself to it with passion.
I will devote myself to the service and well-being to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.