Meaning of “devote sth to sth/sb” in the English Dictionary

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"devote sth to sth/sb" in British English

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devote sth to sth/sb

phrasal verb with devote uk /dɪˈvəʊt/ us /dɪˈvoʊt/ verb

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

  • It isn't a subject to which I devote a great deal of thought.
  • She has devoted herself to getting justice for her son.
  • They've just launched a new commercial radio station devoted to classical music.
  • Most news magazines devote a section to external affairs.
  • The charter states that the press shall be devoted to printing and publishing in the furtherance and dissemination of knowledge.

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Giving oneself

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(Definition of “devote sth to sth/sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)