What does dedication mean?

Definitions for dedication
ˌdɛd ɪˈkeɪ ʃənded·i·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dedicationnoun

    complete and wholehearted fidelity

  2. dedicationnoun

    a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

  3. commitment, dedicationnoun

    a message that makes a pledge

  4. dedication, inscriptionnoun

    a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

  5. commitment, allegiance, loyalty, dedicationnoun

    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

    "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"


  1. dedicationnoun

    The act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated.

  2. dedicationnoun

    A note addressed to a patron or friend, prefixed to a work of art as a token of respect, esteem, or affection.

  3. dedicationnoun

    A ceremony marking an official completion or opening.

  4. dedicationnoun

    The deliberate or negligent surrender of all rights to property.

  5. Etymology: Originated 1350–1400 from dedicacioun, via dedicacion or directly, from dedicatio, equivalent to dédicātus+-iōn.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dedicationnoun

    Etymology: dedicatio, Latin.

    It cannot be laid to many mens charge, that they have been so curious as to trouble bishops with placing the first stone in the churches; or so scrupulous as, after the erection of them, to make any great ado for their dedication. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 12.

    Among publick solemnities there is none so glorious as that under the reign of king Solomon, at the dedication of the temple. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 49.

    Proud as Apollo on his forked hill,
    Sat full blown Bufo, puff’d by ev’ry quill;
    Fed by soft dedication all day long,
    Quintus Horatius Flaccus and he went hand in hand in song. Alexander Pope, Epist. xi.


  1. Dedication

    Dedication is the act of consecrating an altar, temple, church, or other sacred building.


  1. dedication

    Dedication is a commitment or devotion to a certain task, cause, pursuit, or person. It involves investing time, effort, and energy into something and persevering despite challenges or obstacles. It can also refer to the act of officially designating or devoting something to a specific purpose, honor, or service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dedicationnoun

    the act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple

  2. Dedicationnoun

    a devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use

  3. Dedicationnoun

    an address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor

  4. Etymology: [L. dedicatio.]


  1. Dedication

    Dedication is the fact of consecrating an altar, temple, church, or other sacred building. It also refers to the inscription of books or other artifacts when these are specifically addressed or presented to a particular person. This practice, which once was used to gain the patronage and support of the person so addressed, is now only a mark of affection or regard. In law, the word is used of the setting apart by a private owner of a road to public use.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dedication in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dedication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dedication in a Sentence

  1. James Dean:

    To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.

  2. President Joko Widodo on Monday:

    I would like to thank them for their hard work, for their dedication in dealing with COVID-19.

  3. Rene Campbell:

    There's a very close relationship between passion, dedication and obsession, you look at any athlete that has achieved great things, there has to be a certain level of obsession.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    It is important to have a detailed understanding of the threats we face as a country, you are commander in chief on day number one and you may have to make national security decisions right away. And it takes time and dedication and a natural curiosity and interest in these issues.

  5. Ben CrumpReplayMore:

    Today was a huge step toward justice. We are grateful for the diligence and dedication of the FBI and the DOJ as they investigated what led to Breonna's murder and what transpired afterwards. The justice that Breonna received today would not have been possible without the efforts of Attorney General Merrick Garland or Assistant AG for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke, we hope this announcement of a guilty plea sends a message to all other involved officers that it is time to stop covering up and time to accept responsibility for their roles in causing the death of an innocent, beautiful young Black woman.

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