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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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

South Pasadena's chief promised he was dedicated to his current job despite being a finalist in Peoria. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Peoria's search for new police chief down to four finalists," 14 July 2018 Before leaving Burberry, former chief creative officer Christopher Bailey reimagined Burberry’s signature tartan check for his final show in January, which was dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth, by adding a rainbow overlay. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Burberry’s Latest Collab Is Full of Cool Kids in Rainbow Check," 13 July 2018 This festival is dedicated to foodstuffs Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians hold dearest (well, those that are not chili-related): Bacon. Bourbon. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 Archeologists believe the temple was built between 1150 and 1200 and was dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Mexico earthquake uncovers ancient temple hidden in damaged pyramid," 12 July 2018 The website also says it's dedicated to having the best whiskey selection in Texas. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "A Montgomery Plaza restaurant graveyard is getting new ‘Bones’ —and more," 11 July 2018 Hansen’s artwork at the dam, which was dedicated in 1935, also includes a plaque to commemorate the men who died during the dam’s construction. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale American Legion restoring statue with new medallion, nearly 90 years after original was stolen," 10 July 2018 In this small but evocative show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which is dedicated to Mr. Rollins, who died last year, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. is paired with Glenn Ligon, another artist who has mined history to make art. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Ronald Ruis died in 1969, and in 1985 Caroline married Bernard Raboy, who passed away in 2007.Other than her family, which always came first with Caroline, she was dedicated to God and to her church, St. Alban’s Anglican., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/4," 4 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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