dedicate

adjective
ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-kət How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \

Definition of dedicate

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dedicate

verb
ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt also ˈde-ˌdē- How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \
dedicated; dedicating

Definition of dedicate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to devote to the worship of a divine being specifically : to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites
2a : to set apart to a definite use money dedicated to their vacation fund
b : to commit to a goal or way of life ready to dedicate his life to public service
3 : to inscribe or address by way of compliment dedicate a book to a friend
4 : to open to public use

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Verb

dedicator \ -​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce dedicator (audio) \ noun

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Verb

devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective. devoted his evenings to study dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose. dedicated her life to medical research consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality. consecrate a church to the worship of God hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity. battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots

Examples of dedicate in a Sentence

Verb

The new park was dedicated today. a young attorney who has decided to dedicate her career to helping the poor receive justice

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At an event centered around the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, a charity dedicated to protecting forests launched in 2015, the Queen and Attenborough were seen enjoying each other's company. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Looking Back at David Attenborough's Relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Rest of the Royal Family," 4 Apr. 2019 Camfed executive director Angie Murimirwa tells BAZAAR that she has been blown away by the efforts made by fans to support the organization, which is dedicated to eradicating poverty through the education and empowerment of young women. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Palace & Charities React to Fans' "Incredibly Thoughtful" Baby Shower Fundraiser for Duchess Meghan," 1 Apr. 2019 In 1997, Holly and Rodney founded the HollyRod Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising funds to fight Parkinson’s disease and autism. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Holly Robinson Peete? Meet the Star of Hallmark Movie, ‘Christmas in Evergreen’," 18 Nov. 2018 Oxitec's work has been heavily criticized by Friends of the Earth, a charity dedicated to protecting the environment. Fox News, "Bill Gates donates $4M to create mosquitoes that kill each other using sex," 22 June 2018 For the first three weeks after the opening, the inside windows will be dedicated to Chanel, an homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "At Galeries Lafayette’s New Champs Élysées Flagship, the Paris Concept Store Is Reborn," 26 Mar. 2019 Today, along with Chicago which is famed for dyeing its river green since 1962, these cities still offer some of the biggest celebrations dedicated to the man who supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 The celeb world is no stranger to infamous feuds — there's now a TV show dedicated to them — but some of these beefs have gone on for-ev-er. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 The Clermont Fire Department will dedicate a new $425,000 pumper truck Saturday in honor of a firefighter on the two-year anniversary of his death. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New Clermont firetruck to be dedicated to firefighter who died at 32 in 2016," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dedicate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dedicate

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare to dedicate, from de- + dicare to proclaim, dedicate — more at diction

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dedicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dedicate

: to officially make (something) a place for honoring or remembering a person, event, etc.

dedicate

verb
ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce dedicate (audio) \
dedicated; dedicating

Kids Definition of dedicate

1 : to set apart for some purpose : devote The land was dedicated as a nature preserve.
2 : to commit to a goal or way of life She dedicated her life to finding a cure.
3 : to say or write that something (as a book or song) is written or performed as a compliment to someone “We at Flint's only soul station, WAMM, dedicate this song to Daniel, from Wilona.”— Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons

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