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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References in classic literature ?
You know that it's good to have it, or you would never have so devoted yourself to your brother's having it.
Jellyby; "and a degenerate child, when you might have devoted yourself to the great public measure.
Virgo Aug 24 Sep 23 With dynamic Mars in a subtle zone angling towards asteroid Vesta, you may wonder about an idea or cause you have devoted yourself to. Does it still command the same deep interest you once had?
I think of moral injury as the corrosive sense of shame and guilt caused by killing, by surviving when one's buddies have not, or of feeling betrayed by the military that you have devoted yourself to.
From then on you devoted yourself to your husband until the day he died.
For the most part, you have devoted yourself to a life of crime.
"The classic one, which a lot of my friends are going through, is having devoted yourself to your career and then finding yourself in your late 30s with no man on the scene but desperate for a baby," says Susan, a 42-year-old mother-oour who is married to the novelist David Wingrove.