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

The Norwegian government even maintains a website dedicated to encouraging EV aficionados to visit. Brett Berk, WIRED, "Norway Invites You to Explore Its Electric Vehicle Paradise," 6 July 2019 The midtown Manhattan event celebrated the announcement of Marriott’s $100,000 donation to Immigration Equality, a grassroots organization dedicated to LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Marriott International Donates $100K To Organization Helping LGBTQ Immigrants Escape Sexual Persecution," 27 June 2019 No one knows exactly how often diversion occurs, because there's no central organization dedicated to tracking diversion policies. Barbara Brody, Health.com, "'Hospital Diversion' Is Perfectly Legal and Putting People at Risk. Here's What You Need to Know," 27 June 2019 Per CAF Red Tail Squadron, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy, Friend was a combat operations officer tasked with planning and organizing his squadron’s strategic and tactical air missions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airman Who Flew in 142 Combat Missions, Dies at 99," 26 June 2019 The two have dedicated their efforts to building women’s political power in the U.S., a mandate that means near-constant communication with interested folks across the country. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How American Women Are Amplifying Their Political Power," 25 June 2019 The Commemorative Air Force is a nonprofit based on Dallas, Texas, that has for about 60 years dedicated itself to restoring, preserving, flying and exhibiting historic aircraft. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Touring World War II planes coming to Lunken Airport," 24 June 2019 In the 1880s, the building was expanded with a wing dedicated to caring for women. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The Wing’s new HQ takes over a historic NYC building," 24 June 2019 The Sticker Shock campaign is held the Friday before Father’s Day is because of Doug Petit, a member of PATT, an organization dedicated to providing positive alternatives to underage drinking. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville teens tag liquor bottles in Naperville Jewel store to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors," 14 June 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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