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, "CALENDAR EVENTS FOR THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA," 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, "New York casinos can reopen, but NYC eateries still can't offer indoor dining," 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, "Michigan is not the only state allowing nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive residents," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ma stepped down as Alibaba's chairman in October to dedicate himself to philanthropy. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Chinese billionaire Jack Ma suspected missing after not being seen for two months," 4 Jan. 2021 Instead, to survive, Nana Rose hints her family had to deny their true lineage — and dedicate themselves to the assimilating lifeline of Christian religion — to survive in a racist culture. Ariana Romero,, "There Is So Much Meaning To Sabrina’s New “Weird Sisters” Surprise," 31 Dec. 2020 These businesses barely have the resources to keep running, let alone to dedicate days to an intimidating application process. Greg Ott, Fortune, "Why the PPP still falls short for small businesses," 31 Dec. 2020 Rose joins a wave of teens and 20-somethings who dedicate themselves to creating — content, clothes or both. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "This UCLA student made her own social distancing bubble — as a 12-foot-wide dress," 28 Dec. 2020 The idea is to dedicate the murals to long-time residents and former town council volunteers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego neighbors revive community council in Valencia Park," 26 Dec. 2020 The government could also dedicate more attention to investigating Islamist charities that financially underpin so many Islamist movements and close them down without hesitation if extremist links are found. Martha Lee, National Review, "France’s Flawed Stand against Islamist Radicalization," 27 Oct. 2020 So co-hosts Michelle Lee, editor in chief, and Jenny Bailly, executive beauty editor, decided to dedicate an entire episode of The Science of Beauty podcast to lasers. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Laser Treatments for Hair and Skin," 30 Dec. 2020 Between wanting to feel more like themselves and having more time to dedicate to the upkeep, his copper and strawberry blonde clients have been taking the plunge into shades of rouge, ruby, and cayenne spice this winter. Sydney Clarke,, "Kylie Jenner’s Ruby-Red Bob Is Right On Trend For Winter," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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“Dedicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce dedicate (audio)

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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