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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References in classic literature ?
Many, they say, abandoned all the pleasures and vanities of life for solitude and religious austerities; others devoted themselves to God in an ecclesiastical life; they who could not do these set apart their revenues for building churches, endowing chapels, and founding monasteries, and spent their wealth in costly ornaments for the churches and vessels for the altars.
He cast down the fetish of exercise, damning with the contemptuous word pot-hunters all those who devoted themselves to its various forms; and Philip did not realise that he was merely putting up in its stead the other fetish of culture.
97th devoted themselves to the families of the less important functionaries from the dockyard.
Polly regarded these noble beings with awe, and they recognized her existence with the condescension of their sex; but they evidently considered her only "a quiet little thing," and finding her not up to society talk, blandly ignored the pretty child, and devoted themselves to the young ladies.
Others, men and women, dipped in the puddles with little mugs of mutilated earthenware, or even with handkerchiefs from women's heads, which were squeezed dry into infants' mouths; others made small mud- embankments, to stem the wine as it ran; others, directed by lookers-on up at high windows, darted here and there, to cut off little streams of wine that started away in new directions; others devoted themselves to the sodden and lee-dyed pieces of the cask, licking, and even champing the moister wine-rotted fragments with eager relish.
Silent and retiring, he had no use for speech when he could hear his brother speak; no desire to be waited on, so that the servants devoted themselves to his brother.
Others devoted themselves to the worrying of churches and meetings for public worship; and the fertile forms of antinomianism among the elder puritans seemed to have their match in the plenty of the new harvest of reform.
The Crown Prince expressed his condolences in a phone call yesterday to the father and the family of martyr Al-Alaqi, confirming that the leadership is proud of its heroic sons who have devoted themselves to confront the terrorist elements and their plans before they are implemented in order to safeguard the security and stability of the homeland.
In turn, the Japanese Ambassador praised the work of all the persons who were committed to perform the said works and devoted themselves to implement them, expressing his joy to the knowledge that more than 2400 students are now able to directly benefit from this project.
This is not surprising for someone who has grown up in a house rich in wisdom and discernment, the people who have devoted themselves to the service of this country and its people," Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmouk, CEO of Hamdan Bin Mohammad Heritage Centre, said.
NATO member-states have devoted themselves to allowing 2% of the GDP for defence, although the majority of countries failed to reach the figure.
In 1958 they moved to Northboro, MA, where they devoted themselves to raising two children.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported the content of a "letter of thanks" that Kim Jong Un sent "to all the service personnel and people who devoted themselves to sprucing up the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.
Not every one of the approximately 50 expected guests have devoted themselves to the temptation of a Latin-American dance before.
In a press conference in Tokyo, Hisae Sawachi, one of the organizers and a nonfiction writer, said, ''We are informed of nothing (about the nuclear accident) even though we have the right to know, while lawmakers have devoted themselves to political games.