adjective \ˈde-di-kət\

Definition of DEDICATE

:  dedicated 1

Origin of DEDICATE

Middle English, from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare to dedicate, from de- + dicare to proclaim, dedicate — more at diction
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DEDICATE


verb \ˈde-di-ˌkāt also ˈde-ˌdē-\

: to officially make (something) a place for honoring or remembering a person, event, etc.


Full Definition of DEDICATE

transitive verb
:  to devote to the worship of a divine being; specifically :  to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites
a :  to set apart to a definite use <money dedicated to their vacation fund>
b :  to commit to a goal or way of life <ready to dedicate his life to public service>
:  to inscribe or address by way of compliment <dedicate a book to a friend>
:  to open to public use
ded·i·ca·tor \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of DEDICATE

  1. The new park was dedicated today.
  2. <a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice>

First Known Use of DEDICATE

15th century

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