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

Definition of dedicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)


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

Other Words from dedicate


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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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: Adjective To alleviate this issue and proactively focus your SMEs’ content development efforts, dedicate time to performing regular content planning. Wendy Covey, Forbes, 23 May 2022 As a leader, dedicate time for discussions about your North Star. Anne Jacoby, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Whip up a Father’s Day breakfast, or dedicate time to learning more about his family history. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 4 May 2022 The highest performing teams are skilled at learning from experience and dedicate time for team learning. Tony Gambill, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The South of Spain is getting its own dedicate post-production studio, Antípodas Film Lab, the first of its kind in the region. Jamie Lang, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 Funding will also be used to place health professionals in every CMSD campus and dedicate time before and after the traditional school day to offer students additional access to art, music and physical education. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 But on the weekends, the astronauts can connect with their families on video calls -- and dedicate time to others. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 First Security Bank Conway will formally open and dedicate Phase 1 of the Jerry Cooper Sensory Play Trail at 10 a.m. at Laurel Park. Arkansas Online, 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Houston native went on to dedicate his award to three Black women who aided and nurtured him on his journey, including producer Marilyn Beaubien, who was in the audience. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 24 June 2022 Most organizations simply don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to building different security controls to meet the specific authorization models of each cloud provider. Vibhuti Sinha, Forbes, 16 May 2022 While Cox wanted to dedicate $128 million to housing for homeless people, the state Legislature’s current spending plan only includes $55 million. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Mar. 2022 The pieces are made in solidarity, together the girls dedicate time to sourcing materials for themselves and their creative sisters. Vogue, 24 June 2022 After her freshman year at Brookline, Driscoll saw her tennis friends start to dedicate more time to the sport. Brad Joyal,, 27 May 2022 Or do your content creators feel too busy creating content to dedicate time to reviewing metrics? Wendy Covey, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Gemini, May asks you to buckle down and dedicate more time to what (or who) has your heart. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 May 2022 Thomas would certainly give Kyler Murray another great weapon at receiver, but that is a lot of money to dedicate to one position. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Dedicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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 Go to Birmingham—1963

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