- 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.
Origin of dedicate
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Examples from the Web for dedicating
Satyarthi said he was dedicating the award to all of those he had not yet been able to help.Malala Yousafzai Is the Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner in History
October 10, 2014
He had subsequently tried to win her back, declaring that he was dedicating himself to being a good husband and a good father.Threats Preceded High-Rise Suicide, New York Mom Says
December 24, 2013
In addition, British designers Meadham Kirchoff are dedicating their entire Spring 2013 collection to Ms. Mouse.Condoleezza Rice's Modeling Gig; Minnie Mouse Invades London
The Daily Beast
August 16, 2012
My older brother also signed the billion-year contract, dedicating himself to the Sea Org.Scientology’s Sea Org: A Story of Escape for Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise
July 6, 2012
We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.Thank You, Steve
October 6, 2011
Some months and some days were suitable for dedicating a building, others were not.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
Will you pardon me the liberty I take in dedicating it to you?The Testimony of the Rocks
She hated her family for dedicating her to this sordid thing every minute of her life.The Narrow House
We find a dedicating poet, and other similar characters, in both.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
Pope had honoured him when alive by dedicating his second pastoral to him.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
- (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
Word Origin and History for dedicating
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.