- the act of dedicating.
- the state of being dedicated: Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
- a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
- a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
- a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.
Origin of dedication
Related Words for dedicationadherence, commitment, devotion, allegiance, wholeheartedness, inscription, envoy, consecration, address, message, glorification, celebration
Examples from the Web for dedication
Contemporary Examples of dedication
And the CDC team that arrived to ensure they were properly trained and equipped found them in no need of moxie and dedication.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
As I wrote in the dedication, it allowed me to hate her, to love her, to forgive her.Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Poet Survival Kit
October 8, 2014
As an adulthood now living out his passion, his dedication sometimes borders on obsession.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
Even so, writers of suspense fiction vary in their reliance on and dedication to fact.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
This dedication lies beyond technique; it makes being a blues player something like being a priest.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of dedication
In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God.
The dedication of the temple was signalized by a similar manifestation.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
He scorned a dedication, that misnomer for gratuitous advertising.
Drafts for the dedication, the preface, and for a work on Esthetics.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
To be in the mode I must have my poet, and throw him a handful of guineas for his dedication.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
- an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
- complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc
- a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated
Word Origin and History for dedication
late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Old French dedicacion (14c., Modern French dédication) "consecration of a church or chapel," or directly from Latin 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.