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dedicate

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adjective ded·i·cate \ˈde-di-kət\

Definition of dedicate

  1. :  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


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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.

Full Definition of dedicate

ded·i·cat·edded·i·cat·ing

  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

ded·i·ca·tor play \-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>



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>.



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