Dedication goes back to the 14th century in which it referred to the solemn act of dedicating something, such as a calendar day or a church, to a deity or to a sacred use. Centuries later, it came to be used for the act of devoting time and energy to a particular purpose. Nowadays, dedication commonly indicates the quality of being loyal or devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose.
It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time.
the dedication of the temple
They celebrated the dedication of the new building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Recent Examples on the WebPrice has won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication, Friday, June 3.—Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 Thank you for your tireless advocacy and dedication to this cause.—Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 The more devoted consumers are rewarded for their knowledge of and dedication to the back catalogue.—Gene Park, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 So, when Gordon died in May 2020, his filmmaker son Ben Proudfoot decided to make a film that honored his dad’s philanthropy and dedication to serving the public.—Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 That paradox — his steely-eyed dedication to baseball, and his surprising number of interests outside of it — made Votto something of a baseball man of mystery.—Zach Buchanan, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Beaufort’s architecture is fascinating, and Edisto Island is unrivaled in its peaceful nature and dedication to preserving its history.—Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 9 Sep. 2023 But even then, the teen actor was vocal about her passion for music and dedication to her band.—Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 This is an intriguing, good-natured, surprising portrayal of the competing temptations that can attend the artist’s dedication to his craft.—Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 See More
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