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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Other Words from dedicate


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After showing off his impressive Southern vocals, Buck dedicated his performance to his friend from the military who committed suicide. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mikele Buck's Elimination From 'The Voice' Sparks Controversy: 'I'm Truly Shocked'," 23 Oct. 2018 Some new washers have dedicated cycles just for washing sheets. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Sheets — Plus the Mistakes You Might Be Making," 16 Oct. 2018 Ryan Murphy dedicated his award to the LGBTQ community. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Most Political Moments at the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 Before handing over the Moon Person to Cabello, though, Madonna dedicated five minutes to eulogizing Aretha — theoretically. Andrea Park, Allure, "Madonna Is Being Slammed for Her Controversial Aretha Franklin Tribute at the 2018 VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 The nonprofit club formally dedicated the Shrewsbury Fragrant Garden at 100 Maple Ave. Cynthia Fernandez,, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 July 2018 Representative Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon, has dedicated significant time to the Hammonds’ cause. New York Times, "How a Tycoon and Pence Friend Helped 2 Ranchers Get Pardons," 12 July 2018 Like an apprentice, China provided cheap, but dedicated, labour. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 State juvenile justice administrators, who have not denied the allegations, will dedicate a memorial to the suffering of The White House Boys — who found one another through the Internet — at a formal ceremony at the Marianna campus Tuesday. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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