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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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

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How to spot a Sasquatch There are books, museums and clubs dedicated to Sasquatch, a.k.a. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Ride the Rocky Mountaineer and be amazed at the spectacular mountain ranges. And then there’s Sasquatch," 17 Aug. 2019 In an alternate universe where the NFL had long been seen as dedicated to social justice causes, this partnership might have attracted considerable praise, or at least open support. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "The controversy surrounding Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 While that remains the case, more states have been debating ways to supplement federal dollars with their own money dedicated not just to rebuilding but also to avoiding future flood damage . David A. Lieb, chicagotribune.com, "States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar," 12 Aug. 2019 This is the reality that Morrison dedicated her life to representing. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, "Toni Morrison and Nina Simone, United in Soul," 12 Aug. 2019 While that remains the case, more states have been debating ways to supplement federal dollars with their own money dedicated not just to rebuilding but also to avoiding future flood damage. David A. Lieb, The Denver Post, "States brace for long-term flood fight as damage costs soar," 11 Aug. 2019 While that remains the case, more states have been debating ways to supplement federal dollars with their own money dedicated not just to rebuilding but also to avoiding future flood damage . David Lieb, Twin Cities, "States boosting flood prevention as damage costs soar. MN is a model.," 11 Aug. 2019 Researchers came to these conclusions by looking at how much time people dedicate to their jobs. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The most overworked cities in the US might surprise you," 10 Aug. 2019 To earn this award, the minimum time the Girl Scout should dedicate to her project is 50 hours. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Girl Scout earns Silver Award for work with Oakbend Labor and Delivery Department," 9 Aug. 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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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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