dedication

[ded-i-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of dedicating.
2.
the state of being dedicated: Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
3.
a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
4.
a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
5.
a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English dedicacioun < Latin dēdicātiōn- (stem of dēdicātiō), equivalent to dēdicāt(us) (see dedicate) + -iōn- -ion

dedicational, adjective
nondedication, noun
overdedication, noun
prededication, noun
rededication, noun
self-dedication, noun
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dedication (ˌdɛdɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
2.  an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
3.  complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc
4.  a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated
 
dedi'cational
 
adj

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dedication
late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Fr. dédication (14c.), from L. 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.
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Example sentences
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.
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