devoted his considerable learning to


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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

“In the Bay Colony he devoted his considerable learning to defending the government’s duty to enforce religious rules. Profoundly pious, he sometimes preached and prayed up to six hours in a single day.”

From “The American Pageant” by Thomas A. Bailey

learn•ing /ˈlɜrnɪŋ/ n. [uncountable]

  1. knowledge obtained by careful study in any field of scholarly work.

  1. the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill.
learning - Dictionary of English

How can I understand “devoted his considerable learning to” ? Does it mean he learned to defend the government’s duty?
  • utopia62000

    No, it means he used his knowledge (which used to be a considerable amount of knowledge) to defend (justify) governments . . .


    Senior Member
    English - England
    He made good use of his learning (the knowledge his education had given him) in defending the government’s duty…
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