noun ded·i·ca·tion \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of dedication

1 religion : an act or rite of dedicating (see 2dedicate 1) to a divine being or to a sacred use
  • the dedication of the temple
2 : a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose
  • the dedication of funds raised from the bake sale to the class trip
3 : a name and often a message prefixed to a literary, musical, or artistic production in tribute to a person or cause
  • mentioned his family in a brief dedication in his novel
4 : self-sacrificing devotion and loyalty
  • her dedication to the cause
  • required hard work and dedication
5 : a ceremony to mark the official completion or opening of something (such as a building)
  • attended the building's dedication nearly fifty years ago


play \ˈde-di-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

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Examples of dedication in a Sentence

  1. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time.

  2. the dedication of the temple

  3. They celebrated the dedication of the new building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Recent Examples of dedication from the Web

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Did You Know?

The word dedication first appears in the 14th century as a name for the solemn act of dedicating something, such as a calendar day or a church, to a divine being or to a sacred use. The word—formed from the Latin past participle of dedicare, meaning "to dedicate"—did not take hold in secular contexts until a few centuries later when English speakers began using it to refer to the act of devoting time and energy to a particular purpose. One of the earliest writers to do so is William Shakespeare. "His life I gave him, and did thereto ad / My love without retention or restraint, / All his in dedication….," proclaims his character Antonio in Twelfth Night. Dedication has also come to describe the quality of being loyal or devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose. Nowadays, people are commonly spoken of as having a dedication to his or her family or work.

Origin and Etymology of dedication

DEDICATION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of dedication for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc.

  • : a message at the beginning of a book, song, etc., saying that it was written or is being performed in order to honor or express affection for someone

  • : the act of officially saying that something (such as a new building) was created for a particular purpose (such as worship) or to remember or honor a particular person

DEDICATION Defined for Kids


noun ded·i·ca·tion \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of dedication for Students

1 : an act of setting apart for a special purpose
  • The dedication of the park will take place today.
2 : a message at the beginning of a work of art (as a book or a song) saying that it is written or performed to honor someone
3 : extreme devotion We admire his dedication to the cause.

Law Dictionary


noun ded·i·ca·tion \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən \

legal Definition of dedication

: a giving up of property to public use that precludes the owner from asserting any further interest in it: as
a : an intentional donation of land for public use that is accepted by the proper public authorities
b : intentional or negligent surrender to the public of intellectual property that could have been protected by copyright or patent

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