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[ded-i-key-shuh n] /ˌdɛd ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of dedicating.
the state of being dedicated:
Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.
Origin of dedication
1350-1400; Middle English dedicacioun < Latin dēdicātiōn- (stem of dēdicātiō), equivalent to dēdicāt(us) (see dedicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
dedicational, adjective
nondedication, noun
overdedication, noun
prededication, noun
rededication, noun
self-dedication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dedication
  • But a humorous dedication only works if you are a humorist.
  • Visitors were permitted inside the space after the dedication.
  • Such dedication is no longer unusual.
  • He died in 1903, leaving no explanation for his dedication.
  • His strength lies in his dedication to set the recording in its social, cultural and historical context.
  • And we must find resources and dedication to do so without endangering other species.
  • What separates our team from others is the amount of dedication that each and every member of this team puts into that ideal.
  • Thank you for your dedication to the scientific process that continues to build our knowledge of health-related issues.
  • Thousands jammed into the memorial site for the dedication on November 13.
  • She has become a testament of dedication, passion and willpower.
British Dictionary definitions for dedication


the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc
a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated
Derived Forms
dedicational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dedication

late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Old French dedicacion (14c., Modern French dédication) "consecration of a church or chapel," or directly from Latin dedicationem, noun of action from dedicare (see dedicate). Meaning "the giving of oneself to some purpose" is c.1600; as an inscription in a book, etc., from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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