ded·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dedication (audio) \

Essential Meaning of dedication

1 : 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. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time.
2 : 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
3 : 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 the dedication of the temple They celebrated the dedication of the new building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Full Definition of dedication

1 religion : an act or rite of dedicating (see dedicate entry 2 sense 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

Other Words from dedication

dedicatory \ ˈde-​di-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce dedication (audio) \ adjective

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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.

Examples of dedication in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But before that — a photo by Laura Mellon shows the dedication of members of the flight crew, rescuing their two-month-old baby girl patient from the wreckage. CBS News, 12 Jan. 2022 General manager Jon Horst, coach Mike Budenholzer and Pashke's former broadcast partners Jon McGlocklin and Marques Johnson were on hand for the dedication. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2022 The song is a dedication to her daughter, and explores the singer's entrance into motherhood. Skyler Caruso,, 7 Jan. 2022 The story of his own early tutelage under Oscar Hammerstein II has been told and retold, but much less known — at least outside professional theater — is the rigorous dedication with which Sondheim passed that tradition on. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 But one of my favorite things about this island is its complete dedication to all things cozy — and that goes for its many bars. Erika Owen, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2021 What El Silencio mezcal co-owner Fausto Zapata remembers most about growing up with Day of the Dead celebrations was Mexico’s dedication to traditions. Elva Ramirez, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Marineau said that the impact of the organization on its community is part of what inspires her work, as well as Camp Fire Columbia’s dedication to employees. oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2021 Before he was introduced, it was noted that Trebek’s widow and children had been on hand for the stage’s dedication to its old host, who died of cancer last October. David Bauder,, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dedication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dedication

see dedicate entry 1

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“Dedication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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ded·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dedication (audio) \

Kids Definition of dedication

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.


ded·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌde-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce dedication (audio) \

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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