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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.
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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…
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