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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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Russell also stresses that the horoscope cast by an astrologer at Henry's birth shows that he was "predestined to devote himself both to making 'great and noble conquests and to the uncovering of secrets previously hidden from men'" [15].
Is the key dependent on whether the individual devotes a majority of his time to general tax matters?
CMCA is the only organization in China, which devotes itself to the mobile communications industry.
Since "Menippeanism" has resisted most attempts at definition, Blanchard devotes much of his study to rectifying this problem.
She devotes separate chapters to the ethnic division of labor and to the labor of women.
Once again religious broadcasters use much less time in fund raising and promotion than commercial television devotes to advertising," said Winzenburg.
Sodometries also devotes no discussion to the long-standing cultural claim that same-sex sexuality was "unspeakable" (first officially voiced, as far as we know now, in the twelfth century, in Peter Cantor's De Vitio Sodomitico), a vital piece of data from gay history that, if mentioned, might make Goldberg's overall argument look like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In his new position, Mautner will be responsible for MFRI's day-to-day operations, while Unger will devotes his attention to special projects, corporate strategy and longer term considerations
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