[ ded-i-key-tid ]
/ ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪ tɪd /


wholly committed to something, as to an ideal, political cause, or personal goal: a dedicated artist.
set apart or reserved for a specific use or purpose: We don't need a computer but a dedicated word processor.
(of machine parts, electrical components, hardware, etc.) made or designed to interconnect exclusively with one model or a limited range of models in a manufacturer's line: The new tractors use only high-priced dedicated accessories.

Origin of dedicated

First recorded in 1590–1600; dedicate + -ed2


ded·i·cat·ed·ly, adverbnon·ded·i·cat·ed, adjectiveself-ded·i·cat·ed, adjectiveun·ded·i·cat·ed, adjective

Definition for dedicated (2 of 2)

[ 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.


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)


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

synonym study for dedicate

1. See devote. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for dedicated

British Dictionary definitions for dedicated (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪtɪd) /


devoted to a particular purpose or causea dedicated man
assigned or allocated to a particular project, function, etca dedicated transmission line; dedicated parking space
computing designed to fulfil one functiona dedicated microprocessor

British Dictionary definitions for dedicated (2 of 2)

/ (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


an archaic word for dedicated

Derived forms of dedicate

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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