dedicate

[ verb ded-i-keyt; adjective ded-i-kit ]
/ verb ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adjective ˈdɛd ɪ kɪt /

verb (used with object), ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing.

adjective

Origin of dedicate

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

ded·i·ca·tor, nouno·ver·ded·i·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·ded·i·cat·ed, o·ver·ded·i·cat·ing.pre·ded·i·cate, verb (used with object), pre·ded·i·cat·ed, pre·ded·i·cat·ing.re·ded·i·cate, verb (used with object), re·ded·i·cat·ed, re·ded·i·cat·ing.

Synonym study

1. See devote.
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British Dictionary definitions for dedicate

dedicate

/ (ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

(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

adjective

an archaic word for dedicated

Derived Forms

dedicatee, noundedicator, noundedicatory (ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪtərɪ, ˈdɛdɪkətərɪ, -trɪ) or dedicative, adjective

Word Origin for dedicate

C15: from Latin dēdicāre to announce, from dicāre to make known, variant of dīcere to say
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