dedication

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

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 dedicatory (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 The marker dedication ceremony will take place outside. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Spirits come to life at Local Lore Ghost Walk: Talk of the Towns," 8 Oct. 2020 After a months-long delay, the Homearama showcase of luxury homes is set to kick off Thursday with a dedication ceremony at the new Walworth Junction residential development in the East End. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Homearama set to kick off Thursday in Cincinnati's East End," 7 Oct. 2020 In September 2008, Ginsburg traveled to the Willamette University College of Law in Salem for the Oregon Civic Justice Center’s dedication ceremony. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Willamette Valley pinot noir loses a friend in Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 21 Sep. 2020 That sign also includes images of Tubman and her local descendant Ernestine Jones-Williams, who attended the grove’s dedication ceremony in 2018. Christine Condon, Washington Post, "In Baltimore, Harriet Tubman honored where Confederate statues once stood," 19 Sep. 2020 Thursday’s dedication ceremony will also be a product of its time. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Controversial, Long-Delayed Eisenhower Memorial Finally Makes Its Debut," 15 Sep. 2020 That sign also includes images of Tubman and her local descendant Ernestine Jones-Williams, who attended the grove’s dedication ceremony in 2018. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Signs honoring Harriet Tubman installed in Wyman Park Dell, where Confederate statues once stood," 14 Sep. 2020 The memorial opens to the public on Friday afternoon, and a dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Memorial to Eisenhower opens after summer of tearing statues and tributes down," 14 Sep. 2020 While work continues apace, a dedication ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 4. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Neighborhood volunteers create pocket park from eyesore in Fairfield near Starcrest and Loop 410 in San Antonio," 9 Sep. 2020

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 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for dedication

dedication

noun
How to pronounce dedication (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dedication

: 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

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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