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dedicate

[v. ded-i-keyt; adj. ded-i-kit] /v. ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adj. ˈdɛd ɪ kɪt/
verb (used with object), dedicated, dedicating.
1.
to set apart and consecrate to a deity or to a sacred purpose:
The ancient Greeks dedicated many shrines to Aphrodite.
2.
to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose:
He dedicated his life to fighting corruption.
3.
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.
4.
(loosely) to inscribe a personal signature on (a book, drawing, etc., that is one's own work), usually with a salutation addressing the recipient.
5.
to mark the official completion or opening of (a public building, monument, highway, etc.), usually by formal ceremonies.
6.
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.
adjective
7.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Synonyms
1. See devote. 2. commit, pledge, consecrate.
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British Dictionary definitions for rededicate

dedicate

/ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
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
adjective
6.
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 rededicate

dedicate

v.

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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