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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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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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Yet it would seem that cable TV, which has entire channels devoted to children (Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network), is merely overtaking broadcast stations in that capacity.
If you prefer your spirituality a little less organized and little more earthbound, you'll want to log on to Chariot's Wheels, a site devoted to gay paganism.
Spectators are constantly asked to readjust their expectations as they wander from small sections devoted to particular bands of artists to cross-cultural thematic groupings and to mini solo exhibitions; Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Hamilton, Martial Raysse, and Alain Jacquet are among those rightfully singled out, but no such spaces are devoted to others equally deserving, such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Wesselmann, Edward Ruscha, and Blake.
The law reviews devoted more articles to the internal affairs of their respective law schools than to any legal topic, including that of criminal law; the medical schools were far more interested in questions of public health and sanitation than they were in "racial degeneracy.
Included on it are 62 links to finance and investment sites devoted to banking, mutual funds and taxes.
One recent summer Sunday, The New York Times devoted almost its entire op-ed page to scold the citizenry.
This is a significant claim, though its effect on the entries for the Caribbean is mute, since theatrical activities there are not necessarily written with much attention to their cultural origins, nor indeed is any section devoted to the complexities of the cultural provenance of Caribbean theatre forms.
One section is devoted to a general overview of the particular substantive aspect of psychiatric rehabilitation while a second section is devoted to the presentation of case studies.
com)-- Devoted Wellness, LLC is launching wellness coaching programs geared toward individuals June 1, 2012.
A very special chapter is devoted to the experienced phenomena of deceased loved ones, divine and spiritual beings, angels, and the communicative presence of higher evolved beings.
A principal feature of this agreement is the inclusion of an EHP section within C&T initially, 10 pages of C&T will be devoted to Spanish-language translations of EHP Environews articles.
A reviewer in 1900 might reasonably have presumed that there were few possibilities for new publications in the field of Italian Renaissance art; surveys on the major centers and monographs devoted to the "masters" were readily available.
One who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his/her religion, opinion, etc.