dedicate

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

Definition of dedicate

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dedicate

verb
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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Other Words from dedicate

Verb

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

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Verb

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

Jordan dedicated a song to the newlyweds and the crowd cheered. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Lizzo Sang Happy Birthday to Donatella Versace at the Top of the Standard Met Gala After-Party," 7 May 2019 Archbishop Aupetit dedicated the service to the firefighters of Paris who put out the blaze, rescued precious relics, and appeared... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Easter Mass in Paris Honors Firefighters Who Saved Notre Dame," 21 Apr. 2019 Blake even dedicated the episode to the nonexistent animal. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Did 'The Voice' Coach Blake Shelton Ever Have a Cat and Did She Actually Die?," 24 Mar. 2019 Siri and Shortcuts Apple dedicated a lot of its resources to making Siri more powerful in iOS 12. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed," 17 Sep. 2018 The city dedicated $6 million in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, comprised of $5.5 million in bonds and $500,000 from agency receipts, which include fines and fees collected by the city. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "City breaks ground on 'no kill' animal shelter slated to open in mid-2019," 5 July 2018 The technology only started appearing in games over the past six months or so, spurred on by a new generation of Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards that include hardware dedicated specifically to speeding up the task. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 Richman dedicated himself to the cause, becoming known locally and nationally for his advocacy on mental health issues, up until his death on Monday. Pat Eaton-robb, The Seattle Times, "Newtown dad who probed violence dies in apparent suicide," 25 Mar. 2019 There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re recently scorned, hoping to reconcile, or dedicating yourself to Botox. Vogue, "These Are the Best Anti–Valentine’s Day Movies to Make You Very Glad You’re Single," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of dedicate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dedicate

Adjective

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dedicate

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

dedicate

verb
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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