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 Existing trees and benches aren’t eligible for dedication. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Fountain Valley residents can soon honor loved ones by buying a tree or bench in the city," 23 Aug. 2019 The hospital earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer for its dedication and efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and covered family members. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Business briefs: Hospital receives awards, re-accreditation; Carroll Bancorp second quarter results," 19 Aug. 2019 This point about nonpartisanship was emphasized in her eulogy to Stevens, who was appointed by Republican president Gerald Ford but whose service became known for his dedication to the law above all else. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg wishes to inform you she’s still “very much alive”," 24 July 2019 The vigil for multidrug-resistant bugs is tight at the Holy Family Hospital, a charitable institution in the Indian capital known for its dedication to neonatal care. Ranjit Devraj, Quartz India, "Superbugs have returned to haunt India’s hospitals," 23 July 2019 Brandon Ball, Clarke’s trainer, credited the dedication Clarke developed from a young age for his success. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 15 Sep. 2019 Donors typically underwrite trees or benches with dedication plaques in honor of friends and family members at parks, beaches, trails and streets. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport council OKs plan to remove some Balboa Island trees and test others," 11 Sep. 2019 Joe Boncek and Detective Tracey Hill dramatized just how lucky residents are to be able to avail themselves of the vigilance and dedication of a full cadre of about 10 officers trained for duty on the Argus. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Rocky River Marine Patrol prepares for winter -- and more kayaks," 10 Sep. 2019 Excitement, goosebumps, the peak moments when our heartbeat rises during the visceral creative process that requires dedication and teamwork. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "A Finnish company is giving potential recruits perfume made from employees’ sweat," 23 Aug. 2019

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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

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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