What does dedicate mean?

Definitions for dedicate
ˈdɛd ɪˌkeɪt; -kɪtded·i·cate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dedicate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteverb

    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. dedicateverb

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

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

  3. dedicateverb

    inscribe or address by way of compliment

    "She dedicated her book to her parents"

  4. dedicateverb

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


  1. dedicateverb

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

  2. dedicateverb

    To set apart for a special use

    dedicated their money to scientific research.

  3. dedicateverb

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

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

  4. dedicateverb

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

  5. dedicateverb

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

  6. dedicateverb

    To show to the public for the first time

    dedicate a monument.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dedicateadjective

    Consecrate; devote; dedicated; appropriate.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Prayers from preserved souls,
    From fasting maids, whose names are dedicate
    To nothing temporal. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    This tenth part, or tithe, being thus assigned unto him, leaveth now to be of the nature of the other nine parts, which are given us for our worldly necessities, and becometh as a thing dedicate and appropriate unto God. Henry Spelman.

  2. To DEDICATEverb

    Etymology: dedico, Latin.

    A pleasant grove
    Was shot up high, full of the stately tree
    That dedicated is to olympick Jove,
    And to his son Alcides, when as he
    Gain’d in Nemea goodly victory. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 5.

    The princes offered for dedicating the altar, in the day that it was anointed. Num. vii. 10.

    Warn’d by the seer, to her offended name
    We rais’d, and dedicate this wond’rous frame. John Dryden, Æn.

    There cannot be
    That vulture in you to devour so many,
    As will to greatness dedicate themselves. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Ladies, a gen’ral welcome from his grace
    Salutes you all: this night he dedicates
    To fair content and you. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He went to learn the profession of a soldier, to which he had dedicated himself. Edward Hyde.

    Bid her instant wed,
    And quiet dedicate her remnant life
    To the just duties of an humble wife. Matthew Prior.

    He compiled ten elegant books, and dedicated them to the lord Burghley. Henry Peacham, on Poetry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dedicate

    dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated

  2. Dedicateverb

    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. Dedicateverb

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

  4. Dedicateverb

    to inscribe or address, as to a patron


  1. Dedicate

    Dedicate was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dedicate

    ded′i-kāt, v.t. to set apart and consecrate to some sacred purpose: to devote wholly or chiefly: to inscribe to any one.—adj. devoted: (Shak.) dedicated.—ns. Ded′icant, one who dedicates; Dedicatee (ded′i-kā-tē′), one to whom a thing is dedicated; Dedicā′tion, the act of dedicating: an address to a patron, prefixed to a book; Ded′icātor, one who dedicates.—adjs. Dedicatō′rial, Ded′icātory, of or pertaining to a dedication. [L. dedicāre, -ātumde, down, dicēre, to declare.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dedicate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dedicate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dedicate in a Sentence

  1. Lloyd Austin:

    The women and men of our armed forces dedicate their lives to defending our nation, and deserve a workplace and home free of sexual assault, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

  2. Michael Psilakis:

    Every week you need to dedicate about two hours of your time to get all of this stuff ready, we would call it ‘mise en place’ in the restaurant — how we cook in a restaurant is going to be how I want you to cook at home. If you prepare yourself and you have all your ingredients ready, all of your ‘mise’ in place, all of your stuff is right in front of you, then to make the dish is really just assembling.

  3. John McCain:

    Today’s indictment is a result of the hard work of America’s law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm. These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissention among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy.

  4. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel:

    A single person, I need hardly say, is something subordinate, and as such he must dedicate himself to the ethical whole. Hence, if the State claims life, the individual must surrender it… All the worth which the human being possesses… he possesses only through the State.

  5. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    You should meditate and dedicate your entire life to the Creator.

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  • كرسArabic
  • посвещавам се, надписвам, предназначавам, откривам, посвещавамBulgarian
  • widmenGerman
  • omistautua, vihkiä, varata, omistaa, uhrata, paljastaaFinnish
  • vouer, se dévouer, dédier, inaugurer, se consacrer, consacrerFrench
  • coisrigScottish Gaelic
  • התמסר, הקדישHebrew
  • mempersembahkanIndonesian
  • dedicareItalian
  • 奉納, 捧げるJapanese
  • پێشکه‌ش کردنKurdish
  • whakatapu, whakaihiMāori
  • inhuldigen, opdragen, bestemmen, inwijden, wijdenDutch
  • открывать, предназначать, надписать, предназначить, посвятить, надписывать, открыть, посвящатьRussian
  • adamakTurkish
  • dicåçterWalloon

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