Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “devote sth to sth/sb”

See all translations

devote sth to sth/sb

verb uk phrasal verb with devote   /dɪˈvəʊt/ us    /-ˈvoʊt/
B2 to give all of something, especially your time, effort, or love, or yourself, to something you believe in or to a person: He left the Senate to devote more time to his family. She has devoted all her energies/life to the care of homeless people. At the age of 25, he decided to devote himself to God.B2 [passive] to use a space, area, time, etc. for a particular purpose: Over half his speech was devoted to the issue of unemployment. The report recommends that more resources be devoted to teaching four-year-olds.
More examples
Translations of “devote sth to sth/sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 將…貢獻給,把…奉獻給, 將…用於…
in Chinese (Simplified) 将…贡献给,把…奉献给, 将…用于…
(Definition of devote sth to sth/sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of devote sth to sth/sb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

SMART Thesaurus: Giving oneself

“devote sth to sth/sb”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More