ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-kət How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \

Definition of dedicate

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ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce dedicate (audio) also ˈde-ˌdē- \
dedicated; dedicating

Definition of dedicate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to devote to the worship of a divine being specifically : to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites
2a : 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
3 : to inscribe or address by way of compliment dedicate a book to a friend
4 : to open to public use

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dedicator \ ˈde-​di-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce dedicator (audio) also  ˈde-​ˌdē-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of dedicate in a Sentence

Verb The new park was dedicated today. a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some quit their jobs to fully dedicate their lives to the hunt and some even died. Alicia Lee, CNN, "A treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains for a decade has finally been found," 7 June 2020 The City Council did dedicate about $6 million to COVID-19 testing for city employees and $5 million for community testing and contact tracing. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Feds downplay Phoenix mayor's COVID-19 testing concerns, but commit to new mass test site in west Phoenix," 9 July 2020 Spa getaways promise a special kind of mind-body tune-up — a chance to dedicate time to unwinding, reenergizing, and communing with nature. Siobhan Reid, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Domestic Spas," 8 July 2020 Levin, a staunch ally of President Trump, argued that this was evidence that newsrooms were in the wrong to dedicate critical coverage of the commander in chief for touting hydroxychloroquine. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Mark Levin: 'Lying media' should apologize after study finds hydroxychloroquine helped coronavirus patients," 3 July 2020 Awan is part of a specific group that has vowed to dedicate part of their life after they’re done with their professional training to help underprivileged areas of the county or world. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area Ahmadi Muslim youth group distributes food to people in need amid the pandemic," 3 July 2020 Most items sell for $10.00 or less and the stores, by definition, dedicate less than 15% of shelf space to fresh food and produce. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson OKs ban on new dollar stores while city considers new regulations," 25 June 2020 Under the bill passed Wednesday, each of the eight health care regions would be required to dedicate facilities only for COVID-19 nursing home patients by Sept. 15. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan Senate passes nursing home bill that seeks to create dedicated COVID-19 facilities," 25 June 2020 Most items sell for $10.00 or less and the stores, by definition, dedicate less than 15% of shelf space to fresh food and produce. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson OKs ban on new dollar stores while city considers new regulations," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of dedicate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dedicate


Middle English, from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare to dedicate, from de- + dicare to proclaim, dedicate — more at diction

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The first known use of dedicate was in the 14th century

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“Dedicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce dedicate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dedicate

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


ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \
dedicated; dedicating

Kids Definition of dedicate

1 : to set apart for some purpose : devote The land was dedicated as a nature preserve.
2 : to commit to a goal or way of life She dedicated her life to finding a cure.
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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