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verb     devote pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledevoting
past tensedevoted
past participledevoted

phrasal verb

devote to

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydevote to
he/she/itdevotes to
present participledevoting to
past tensedevoted to
past participledevoted to
  1. 1
    to spend a lot of time or effort doing something

    He’s devoted most of his time to his painting.

    devote yourself to something:

    Few people are able to devote themselves fully to their career.

  2. 2
    devote something to something to use something such as money for a particular purpose

    All the proceeds from the taxes should be devoted to health care.

  3. 3
    devote something to something to use a particular amount of time or space for dealing with something


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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