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[ded-i-key-tid] /ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal:
a dedicated artist.
set apart or reserved for a specific use or purpose:
We don't need a computer but a dedicated word processor.
(of machine parts, electrical components, hardware, etc.) made or designed to interconnect exclusively with one model or a limited range of models in a manufacturer's line:
The new tractors use only high-priced dedicated accessories.
Origin of dedicated
1590-1600; dedicate + -ed2
Related forms
dedicatedly, adverb
nondedicated, adjective
self-dedicated, adjective
undedicated, adjective


[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.
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 dedicated
  • We have both dedicated our careers to working with older adults.
  • This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the protection of Hawaii's native forests and wildlife.
  • Discrete brain sections form a dedicated network to recognize faces.
  • We gratefully acknowledge the dedicated educational efforts of these organizations.
  • You are dedicated to your cause.
  • Passion is the driving force behind the dedicated of a filmmaker.
  • The company employs dedicated staffers as go-betweens to facilitate information exchange and monitor continuity.
  • We will only find it in the work of dedicated scientists.
  • The graphics card has 128 megabytes of dedicated memory.
  • As a result only the dedicated went out to vote as normal.
British Dictionary definitions for dedicated


devoted to a particular purpose or cause: a dedicated man
assigned or allocated to a particular project, function, etc: a dedicated transmission line, dedicated parking space
(computing) designed to fulfil one function: a dedicated microprocessor


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 dedicated



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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