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

Definition of dedicate

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ded·​i·​cate | \ ˈde-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce dedicate (audio) also ˈde-ˌdē- \
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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dedicator \ ˈde-​di-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce dedicate (audio) also  ˈde-​ˌdē-​ \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Funding will also be used to place health professionals in every CMSD campus and dedicate time before and after the traditional school day to offer students additional access to art, music and physical education. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 But on the weekends, the astronauts can connect with their families on video calls -- and dedicate time to others. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 First Security Bank Conway will formally open and dedicate Phase 1 of the Jerry Cooper Sensory Play Trail at 10 a.m. at Laurel Park. Arkansas Online, 20 Oct. 2020 The governor wants to see the city dedicate members of the police department to enforce compliance, saying that the task force of state police and liquor authority personnel would not be adequate to monitor restaurants on top of bars. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, 4 Sep. 2020 New Jersey’s Department of Health has directed nursing homes in the state to enact a response plan to separate symptomatic and COVID-infected residents, those exposed to COVID-19 and all others as well as dedicate staff to caring for each cohort. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Byers, the idea emerged from Google's 20% project, which allows employees to dedicate 80% of their time to managing their regular work and 20% to creative side projects. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 Clinical trials couldn’t exist without people who are willing and able to dedicate their time — and trust their care — to the research community. C.k. Wang, STAT, 1 Oct. 2021 In the final episode, shown in May 2019, the members of the Bluth family get together to dedicate a wall and find a dead body. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Practically speaking, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) would need to dedicate resources and focus on early detection (wellness-disease transition). Members Of The Oncology Think Tank, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2021 After all, there are channels that dedicate literally a hundred percent of their programming, for 25 days straight, to candy canes and decorated trees. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 24 Dec. 2020 As part of the new policy, Ducey called for the Biden Administration to dedicate additional federal resources to control human and drug trafficking along the southern border. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 6 Oct. 2021 The goal of public service loan forgiveness is to cancel student loans for student loan borrowers who dedicate their career to advance the public good. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The streaming giant challenged other firms to follow its lead and dedicate some share of their cash to Black economic initiatives. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of dedicate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dedicate


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dedicate

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


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 Go to Birmingham—1963

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