ded·​i·​cate | \ˈde-di-kət \

Definition of dedicate 

(Entry 1 of 2)


ded·​i·​cate | \ˈde-di-ˌkāt 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 \-​ˌkā-​tər \ 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


The new park was dedicated today. a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice

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Such small satellites typically hitch a ride as a secondary payload on a rocket dedicated to lifting a larger spacecraft, which means schedules often are at the mercy of the main customer. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX Launches 19th Rocket in a Year, a Company Record," 3 Dec. 2018 But a new hotel in Guilin, China, is bringing the artist’s vision to life with a pair of guesthouses dedicated to optical illusions. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These hotel rooms look like trippy M.C. Escher drawings," 3 Dec. 2018 Everlane partnered with Surfrider Foundation, a non profit dedicated to ocean preservation. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some brands aren’t offering Black Friday deals," 23 Nov. 2018 There’s also a floor dedicated to Vietnamese fashion, from hill-tribe costumes to contemporary couture. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 According to Meghan's Mirror, a fan site dedicated to chronicling the Duchess's style, Meghan accessorized the dress with Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps, Birks blue topaz earrings, and a Birks white-gold flex bracelet. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's $1,850 Roksanda Dress Is Already Sold Out," 19 Oct. 2018 Featuring intimate portraits of powerhouses like Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Dorothy Donegan, this is the first book dedicated to Elgort's jazz portraits, which have landed on the pages of Vogue, GQ, and The New Yorker, among others. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Arthur Elgort's New Book Jazz Reveals His Love of the Storied American Music," 18 Oct. 2018 Mikele Buck, a country singer who is a veteran of the Iraq war, gave an incredibly moving performance on The Voice, dedicated to his friend from the military who committed suicide. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Veteran Mikele Buck Stunned Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'," 29 Sep. 2018 In 2007, Tom and Kat started a bank in Oakland, California, now called Beneficial, that is dedicated to serving low-income communities and supporting businesses that are committed to social justice and the environment. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \
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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