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 non-profit 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

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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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 devoted myself to the force voluntarily before I became a PC.
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.
For the next five years, I devoted myself to my two children who were then aged 15 and 14.
I devoted myself to the worlds of student journalism and politics, which seemed far more important at the time than it does with hindsight, but at least gave me something to do outside the lecture theatre which wasn't going to damage my mental health.
Provincetown-based poet Mark Doty launches his latest book with a kind of apology, perhaps to his readers, perhaps to himself: "I have devoted myself to affirmation,/ when I should have kept my eyes on the ground.
I just devoted myself to it and now they're actually giving me things for running.
I devoted myself to the club and expected them to show me a little more love in return after seven years.
Since my diagnosis, I have devoted myself to understanding this disease through scientific research and also through my art.