What does dedication mean?

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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.

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. Anuj Somany:

    A person who displays compassion & dedication truly in his job profession rarely gets promotion in a private organization and perhaps never; but one who plays with the emotions of other co-workers i.e dirty office politics for merely personal gain usually gets high position, big designation & hefty remuneration in the same corporation

  2. The FAA:

    That’s why our pilotsand flight attendants take part in extensive training to prepareand manage incidents like United flight 328.And we remain proud oftheir professionalism and steadfast dedication to safety in our day to day operations and when emergencies like this occur.

  3. Karl L. Schultz:

    Continue to stand tall, your dedication, resilience, to this adversity defines the absolute best of our nation.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    On Thursday, Ranking Member Levin plans to offer a substitute, which recognizes that TPP has the potential to raise standards and open new markets for U.S. businesses, workers and farmers, and makes suggestions on how to do so, i support the Levin substitute and thank Ranking Member Levin for his dedication to finding a path to yes, and for his leadership to increase the paychecks of American workers.

  5. Jesse Owens:

    We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

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