[v. ded-i-keyt; adj. ded-i-kit]
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.

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)

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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dedicate (ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪt)
1.  (often foll by to) to devote (oneself, one's time, etc) wholly to a special purpose or cause; commit wholeheartedly or unreservedly
2.  (foll by to) to address or inscribe (a book, artistic performance, etc) to a person, cause, etc as a token of affection or respect
3.  (foll by to) to request or play (a record) on radio for another person as a greeting
4.  to assign or allocate to a particular project, function, etc
5.  to set apart for a deity or for sacred uses; consecrate
6.  an archaic word for dedicated
[C15: from Latin dēdicāre to announce, from dicāre to make known, variant of dīcere to say]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. dedicatus, pp. of dedicare "consecrate, proclaim, affirm," from de- "away" + 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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Example sentences
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.
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