adjective ded·i·cate \ ˈde-di-kət \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of dedicate

: dedicated 1

Origin and Etymology of dedicate

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



verb ded·i·cate \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt also ˈde-ˌdē- \

Definition of dedicate

dedicated; dedicating
1 : to devote to the worship of a divine being; specifically : to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites
2 a : 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


play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of dedicate in a Sentence

  1. The new park was dedicated today.

  2. a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice

Recent Examples of dedicate from the Web

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First Known Use of dedicate

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dedicate Synonyms

Near Antonyms

ignore, neglect;

misapply, misuse;


set apart, set aside;

Synonym Discussion of 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

DEDICATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of dedicate for English Language Learners

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

DEDICATE Defined for Kids


verb ded·i·cate \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt \

Definition of dedicate for Students

dedicated; dedicating
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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