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noun ded·i·ca·tion \ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən\

Simple Definition of dedication

  • : a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.

  • : a message at the beginning of a book, song, etc., saying that it was written or is being performed in order to honor or express affection for someone

  • : the act of officially saying that something (such as a new building) was created for a particular purpose (such as worship) or to remember or honor a particular person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dedication

  1. 1 :  an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use

  2. 2 :  a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose

  3. 3 :  a name and often a message prefixed to a literary, musical, or artistic production in tribute to a person or cause

  4. 4 :  self-sacrificing devotion <her dedication to the cause>

  5. 5 :  a ceremony to mark the official completion or opening of something (as a building)


play \ˈde-di-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of dedication in a sentence

  1. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time.

  2. the dedication of the temple

  3. They celebrated the dedication of the new building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

14th Century

First Known Use of dedication

14th century

DEDICATION Defined for Kids


noun ded·i·ca·tion \ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of dedication for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of setting apart for a special purpose <The dedication of the park will take place today.>

  2. 2 :  a message at the beginning of a work of art (as a book or a song) saying that it is written or performed to honor someone

  3. 3 :  extreme devotion <We admire his dedication to the cause.>

Law Dictionary


noun ded·i·ca·tion \ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən\

Legal Definition of dedication

  1. :  a giving up of property to public use that precludes the owner from asserting any further interest in it: as a :  an intentional donation of land for public use that is accepted by the proper public authorities b :  intentional or negligent surrender to the public of intellectual property that could have been protected by copyright or patent

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