dedication

noun
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

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Other Words from dedication

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

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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.

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 So proud of your hard work and dedication to your healthcare and fitness. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Opus 40, whose very name evokes the tenacity of its creator, Harvey Fite, is a monument to the upper bounds of hard work and dedication that took most of 37 years to build. New York Times, 31 July 2021 The club wants to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that Fairview residents and businesses put into their yards and gardens, The deadline to nominate a residential or commercial property is July 16. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 29 June 2021 Your hard work and dedication should finally pay off with a pleasant reward. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 23 June 2021 But despite decades of work and dedication by NYC Parks staff, our natural areas are underfunded and understaffed. Sarah Charlop-powers, Scientific American, 14 June 2021 That kind of commitment and dedication is why direct care workers need to be seen as an integral part of any elder's medical team, Osterman emphasizes in his book. Next Avenue, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The reward are moments when the players contribute for both teams, having fun and realizing their sacrifice, commitment and dedication is paying off. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Hard work and dedication enabled Israel to build up its strength and the ability to defend itself. Star Tribune, 17 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dedication.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dedication. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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dedication

noun
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.

dedication

noun
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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