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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"I begin to think I am mad--mad to have devoted myself to an ungrateful woman, to a person who doesn't appreciate a sisterly and Christian sacrifice of self.
I have devoted myself to this object of hospital-improvement, but I will boldly confess to you, Mr.
When I understood what he wanted- when I saw that he was preparing a bed of laurels for us, you know, I said to myself: 'That is a monarch,' and I devoted myself to him!
included) were all at the concert, and eagerly devoted myself to my good work, while time and opportunity were still at my own disposal.
When asked which political party he would support in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Ramdev said, "I have devoted myself to larger issues such as nation-building, character building, education, agriculture, and health, among others.
Hasebe said: "Football is my life and since I was young I have devoted myself to being the very best I can be.
Says Hasebe: "Football is my life and since I was young I have devoted myself to being the very best I can be.
'If it doesn't work out, nevertheless (I devoted myself to it), it's just a relationship that will never work.'
As I reached 18 years of age, I had to choose where to study and, considering an artist career beyond my capabilities, I devoted myself to design instead.
So this year, I have devoted myself to highlighting some of the most effective initiatives and raising awareness of the breadth of careers across our industry.
I devoted myself to works tirelessly for a solution which will reunite the island where we will live together peacefully and for us to be a real EU country," added Anastasiadis.
I have devoted myself to this for 28 years and someone has taken this away from me.
"I have devoted myself to serving the country," Pol Pot s right-hand man told the court, adding that he first became interested in communism while studying in Thailand in the late 1940s when he noticed "injustice was everywhere".
"If I devoted myself to correcting all the strange claims in the media, I would probably not have time to devote to very much else," Carl Bildt, the Swedish foreign minister, said.
I couldn't have tried any harder and I devoted myself to the European Tour to give myself the best possible chance, but although I have won twice this year it obviously wasn't enough."I fully respect the captain's decision and I would like to wish him and his team all the very best for Valhalla."Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia, who will be one of the key players for Faldo when the action begins at Valhalla in Kentucky on September 19, admitted his surprise after Poulter was picked ahead of an in-form Clarke."I thought Paul (Casey) was pretty much a lock (for a captain's pick) and because of the way Darren has been playing lately, I thought maybe he would get