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 ?
I like old Sam so well, I think I'll try the second volume," returned Jo, hoping to propitiate him by accepting a second dose of Boswell's Johnson, as he had recommended that lively work.
Tom mixed a dose of the spirits which he carried with him, and this, forced between the pallid lips of the scientist, revived him.
Whipping and abuse are like laudanum; you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.
After threatening me thus, he gave me a very large dose of salts, telling me that I might remain in St.
Now, doctor, I shall take the liberty of administering a dose myself, on my own responsibility.
Earnshaw soon convinced him that he was alive still; Joseph hastened to administer a dose of spirits, and by their succour his master presently regained motion and consciousness.
Bring the kettle at a quarter to ten -- and if you don't get better in the course of the day, come to me, and I'll give you a dose of physic.
I made the patient swallow, with great difficulty, and after many efforts, the dose that I desired to give.
One great excellency in this tribe, is their skill at prognostics, wherein they seldom fail; their predictions in real diseases, when they rise to any degree of malignity, generally portending death, which is always in their power, when recovery is not: and therefore, upon any unexpected signs of amendment, after they have pronounced their sentence, rather than be accused as false prophets, they know how to approve their sagacity to the world, by a seasonable dose.
The ordinary dose is six of these rinds, and I had devoured twenty.
His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter!
Then he gave him a dose of opium to ensure a calm sleep.
It took on this occasion a double dose to recall me to myself; and alas
If I do not, I shall tomorrow night get them to give me a dose of chloral, that cannot hurt me for once, and it will give me a good night's sleep.
Have some of this," said he, and gave me a dose of some scarlet stuff, iced.