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

Definition of dedicate

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

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 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 The governor wants to see the city dedicate members of the police department to enforce compliance, saying that the task force of state police and liquor authority personnel would not be adequate to monitor restaurants on top of bars. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, 4 Sep. 2020 New Jersey’s Department of Health has directed nursing homes in the state to enact a response plan to separate symptomatic and COVID-infected residents, those exposed to COVID-19 and all others as well as dedicate staff to caring for each cohort. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With hybrid work being the next big disruption, the need to dedicate enclosed spaces to focus and collaborate virtually is emerging. Stephanie Brock, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Larger architecture firms have budgets to enter competitions and participate in exhibitions, and often have staff to dedicate to this work. Diana Budds, Curbed, 7 June 2021 On Thursday, organized labor leaders called on the Legislature to dedicate $8 billion in bonuses for healthcare workers and essential employees who work as grocery clerks, fast food servers, janitors and transportation workers. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The current Cyclones baseball team also was on hand to dedicate the field. Bob Bong,, 1 June 2021 The council president, Katio Barbosa, a senior at Jeremiah Burke High School, clashed with Sazama over his request to dedicate the council’s March 4 meeting to discussing a school mental health program., 26 May 2021 Party officials had hoped the president would dedicate his energy to imploring supporters to vote in the runoff, when Perdue and Loeffler try to hold off Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 Portland: The state will dedicate more than $6 million to help residents who can’t pay their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Janet Mills said Friday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2020 President Joe Biden wants to dedicate $50 billion to U.S. semiconductor research and production, part of an overall ambition to safeguard America’s supply chains. Sam Kim, Fortune, 14 May 2021

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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 17 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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