Definitions for dedicateˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ded•i•cate*ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt(v.; adj.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to set apart and consecrate to a deity or sacred purpose.

  2. to devote wholly to some purpose or person:

    to dedicate one's life to public service.

  3. to offer formally (a book, piece of music, etc.) to a person, cause, etc., as on a prefatory page, in testimony of affection or respect.

  4. to mark the official opening of (a public building, highway, etc.), usu. by formal ceremonies.

  5. to set aside for a specific purpose.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (adj.)Archaic. dedicated.

* Syn: See devote.

Origin of dedicate:

1375–1425; < L dēdicātus ptp. of dēdicāre to declare, devote =dē-de - +dicāre to indicate, consecrate (see dictate )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote(verb)

    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

    "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

  2. dedicate(verb)

    open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building

    "The Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and nursing homes"

  3. dedicate(verb)

    inscribe or address by way of compliment

    "She dedicated her book to her parents"

  4. dedicate(verb)

    set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dedicate(verb)ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adj. -kɪt

    to thank sb or show respect by associating their name with sth

    The book is dedicated to his mother.; a memorial dedicated to fallen soldiers

  2. dedicateˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adj. -kɪt

    to put lots of time and effort into doing sth

    Sue dedicated herself to raising her children.

  3. dedicateˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; adj. -kɪt

    to hold an official ceremony to open or start sth

    ***a ceremony to dedicate the ship


  1. dedicate(Verb)

    To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.

  2. dedicate(Verb)

    To set apart for a special use

    dedicated their money to scientific research.

  3. dedicate(Verb)

    To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action

    dedicated ourselves to starting our own business. See Synonyms at devote.

  4. dedicate(Verb)

    To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.

  5. dedicate(Verb)

    To open (a building, for example) to public use.

  6. dedicate(Verb)

    To show to the public for the first time

    dedicate a monument.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dedicate

    dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated

  2. Dedicate(verb)

    to set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as, to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a religious use

  3. Dedicate(verb)

    to devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service

  4. Dedicate(verb)

    to inscribe or address, as to a patron


  1. Dedicate

    Dedicate was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dedicate' in Verbs Frequency: #945

Translations for dedicate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give up wholly to; to devote to

He dedicated his life to good works.

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