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dedicate

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adjective ded·i·cate \ˈde-di-kət\

Definition of dedicate

  1. :  dedicated 1



Origin and Etymology 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


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dedicate

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verb ded·i·cate \ˈde-di-ˌkāt also ˈde-ˌdē-\

Simple Definition of dedicate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dedicate

dedicated

dedicating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to devote to the worship of a divine being; specifically :  to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites

  3. 2 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>

  4. 3 :  to inscribe or address by way of compliment <dedicate a book to a friend>

  5. 4 :  to open to public use

dedicator

play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of dedicate in a sentence

  1. The new park was dedicated today.

  2. <a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice>



15th Century

First Known Use of dedicate

15th century

Synonym Discussion of dedicate

devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective <devoted his evenings to study>. dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose <dedicated her life to medical research>. consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality <consecrate a church to the worship of God>. hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity <battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots>.


DEDICATE Defined for Kids

dedicate

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verb ded·i·cate \ˈde-di-ˌkāt\

Definition of dedicate for Students

dedicated

dedicating

  1. 1 :  to set apart for some purpose :  devote <The land was dedicated as a nature preserve.>

  2. 2 :  to commit to a goal or way of life <She dedicated her life to finding a cure.>

  3. 3 :  to say or write that something (as a book or song) is written or performed as a compliment to someone <“We at Flint's only soul station, WAMM, dedicate this song to Daniel, from Wilona.” — Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons>





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