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

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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 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 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 But in order to dedicate the necessary resources to its foldable phones, Samsung had to make one major sacrifice. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 11 Oct. 2021 Eastern European athletes established their dominance in the discipline by the 1950s, inspiring Western countries like the U.S. to dedicate more resources to their respective gymnastics programs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 July 2021 Princess Jamidah and Jackson are working with the Last Prisoner Project to dedicate as many resources as possible to Dr. G’s appeal and potential release. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Facebook and Twitter curb the spread of false statements about the November election, though Twitter has loosened its enforcement since March to dedicate more resources to fact-checking in other parts of the world. Jacob Silver, New York Times, 7 June 2021 In March, more than five dozen community groups wrote an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the city to dedicate some resources to these groups. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 7 Apr. 2021 Dominion is hoping the Biden administration will dedicate more resources for BOEM as the agency begins review of the company’s application for a 2,600-megawatt project 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, as well as other proposals. Philip Keith, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2021 Born in 1932, Antonio Condurro would dedicate his life to pizza. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 The sibling trio dedicate their ballad to… each other? Maggie Fremont,, 14 Dec. 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 22 Jan. 2022.

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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 Go to Birmingham—1963

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