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 dedicator (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: Verb The series is dedicated to discussing the future of African business, the creative industries, music, and food with experts from all industries. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan Your Trip to Afrochella Festival in Accra, Ghana," 4 Nov. 2019 A century after the tragedy, the player's tunnel to the field at Ross-Ade Stadium was dedicated to the victims of the train crash. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: 1903 train crash killed 17 people on way to Purdue football game against IU," 31 Oct. 2019 Cornerstone of Hope, based in Independence, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope for those who are grieving. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Don’t forget to ‘fall back,’ and watch out for trick-or-treaters: Sun Postings," 29 Oct. 2019 The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Ephraim Roth, our Concertmaster emeritus who performed with the orchestra for 57 years. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Oct. 28-Nov. 3," 28 Oct. 2019 Portions of the revenue would be dedicated to property tax relief and the county's municipalities. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vos cites concerns over Milwaukee spending priorities in interview on county sales tax, proposed police cuts," 25 Oct. 2019 Just over half of that ($640 billion) is dedicated to debt relief for college students. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Warren’s Socialism for the Upper-Middle Class Is Awful — and Conservatives Need a Better Alternative," 25 Oct. 2019 ThreeMain also donates 3% of all profits to the Rozalia Project, an organization dedicated to cleaning and protecting our oceans. Claudia Fisher,, "The Unexpected Anti-Aging Product You Need for Younger Looking Hands," 25 Oct. 2019 These days, of course, there are entire agencies dedicated to helping fashion clients do just that. Pamela Hanson, Glamour, "The World Is Finally Catching Up With Tory Burch," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of dedicate was in the 14th century

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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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