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 also ˈde-ˌdē- How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \
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 \ -​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce dedicator (audio) \ 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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The account continues to dedicate posts to Philo’s collections, highlighting the best of her archival pieces. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Rihanna Can’t Get Enough of Old Celine," 2 Feb. 2019 But set aside the fact that an enterprise has dedicated employees whose jobs are to manage hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of PCs and mobile devices, and that that enterprise has budgeted a substantial amount of money for the purpose. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox," 12 Dec. 2018 Guests in The Zelda Suite also get a complimentary tour of the museum, of course. The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is the only one in the world dedicated to the lives and legacies of the couple, according to its website. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Literary Fans Rejoice! You Can Rent A Suite In F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Former Home on Airbnb," 21 Feb. 2019 Joseph dedicates every ounce of energy to helping free Fonny before Tish (KiKi Layne), Joseph's daughter, gives birth. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 By the book, Abloh’s show was dedicated to the boys—but the standout moment came when top model Soo Joo Park glided down the runway wearing a shiny plastic football helmet and billowy white gown with a dramatic pleated train. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How This Model Took Off-White’s Runway Makeup Straight to the Streets," 16 Jan. 2019 Hathaway’s limited nonacting public persona is dedicated to social advocacy. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Respect the current noise level—most studios are dedicated quiet places. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "New to Yoga? 12 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Class," 4 Jan. 2019 However, most of Amazon’s media spending has been dedicated to original scripted content and national programming like Thursday night NFL games. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Disney’s Hail-Mary Sports Deal," 4 Dec. 2018

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

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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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