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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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The survey for the Abbey National building society says kids get three times as much attention as they did a generation ago, devoting an average of 85 minutes a day to each child.
Yet by devoting the great bulk of their book to the tumultuous actions of the 1960s, Polner and O'Grady repeat the inattention; apart from the chapter devoted to Daniel Berrigan's controversial speech on Israel, the authors give a scant fourteen pages to the years since the Harrisburg trial, even though the Plowshares actions provided some significant moments of confrontation during the Reagan decade.
So why are we devoting more time, energy and attention to the debate over Ebonics than we are toward getting black children the exposure to computers and training they need to compete?
After devoting considerable time and money into developing recycling programs throughout the country, some environmental groups believe they have a responsibility to take the mission further.
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After spending four years with Reagan in the White House (no other biographer has ever been given such access) and devoting days, weeks, months (years