verb (used with object), ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing.
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
1375–1425; late Middle English (v. and adj.)
- noun. dedicator
- verb (used with object). overdedicating. overdedicated, overdedicate
- verb (used with object). prededicating. prededicated, prededicate
- verb (used with object). rededicating. rededicated, rededicate
2. commit, pledge, consecrate.
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