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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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  • You will see that one page is left blank; I couldn't fill it up till I knew whether you would accept the dedication.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • The dedication of the temple was signalized by a similar manifestation.

  • He took it from her hand, and turning the title-page, gave it her again to read the dedication.

    Home Again George MacDonald
  • He scorned a dedication, that misnomer for gratuitous advertising.

  • However incongruous such a dedication may now seem, it had great significance at the time.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
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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