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[v. ded-i-keyt; adj. ded-i-kit] /v. ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adj. ˈdɛd ɪ kɪt/
verb (used with object), dedicated, dedicating.
to set apart and consecrate to a deity or to a sacred purpose:
The ancient Greeks dedicated many shrines to Aphrodite.
to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose:
He dedicated his life to fighting corruption.
to offer formally (a book, piece of music, etc.) to a person, cause, or the like in testimony of affection or respect, as on a prefatory page.
(loosely) to inscribe a personal signature on (a book, drawing, etc., that is one's own work), usually with a salutation addressing the recipient.
to mark the official completion or opening of (a public building, monument, highway, etc.), usually by formal ceremonies.
to set aside for or assign to a specific function, task, or purpose:
The county health agency has dedicated one inspector to monitor conditions in nursing homes.
Origin of dedicate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (v. and adj.) < Latin dēdicātus past participle of dēdicāre to declare, devote, equivalent to dē- de- + dicāre to indicate, consecrate, akin to dīcere to say, speak (see dictate)
Related forms
dedicator, noun
overdedicate, verb (used with object), overdedicated, overdedicating.
prededicate, verb (used with object), prededicated, prededicating.
rededicate, verb (used with object), rededicated, rededicating.
1. See devote. 2. commit, pledge, consecrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dedicate
  • We dedicate our future performances to his memory and honor.
  • We dedicate significant resources to providing services and support to help adult students navigate the university landscape.
  • It has trailed behind rivals that dedicate themselves either to investment banking or to retail, but not to both.
  • Professional photographers are often the only ones with enough space to dedicate to such oversized files.
  • But it seems only fair to dedicate a few songs to the organ that makes music possible: the brain.
  • So it's not enough for you and me to dedicate the rest of our lives to chasing down news stories.
  • Even more, these leaders should dedicate a certain amount of their time, money and influence to tackle these challenges.
  • The people and dogs are wonderful, they dedicate so much time to rehabilitating these dogs.
  • dedicate one of them to your students so your personal username is reserved for your friends and family.
  • Some neuroscientists dedicate their careers to the workings of individual neurons.
British Dictionary definitions for dedicate


verb (transitive)
(often foll by to) to devote (oneself, one's time, etc) wholly to a special purpose or cause; commit wholeheartedly or unreservedly
(foll by to) to address or inscribe (a book, artistic performance, etc) to a person, cause, etc as a token of affection or respect
(foll by to) to request or play (a record) on radio for another person as a greeting
to assign or allocate to a particular project, function, etc
to set apart for a deity or for sacred uses; consecrate
an archaic word for dedicated
Derived Forms
dedicatee, noun
dedicator, noun
dedicatory (ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪtərɪ; ˈdɛdɪkətərɪ; -trɪ), dedicative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēdicāre to announce, from dicāre to make known, variant of dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for dedicate

early 15c. (of churches), from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare "consecrate, proclaim, affirm, set apart," from de- "away" (see de-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Dedicated "devoted to one's aims or vocation" is first attested 1944.

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