- Dedicate is defined as to devote to a sacred purpose.
To hold a ceremony for a new Catholic church is an example of dedicate.
- The definition of dedicate is to commit to something for a specific use or goal.
1. Saving money for a wedding is an example of dedicate. 2. A soldier making a commitment to his country is an example of dedicate.
- To dedicate is defined as to inscribe a book or memorial in honor of another.
The loving inscription in a book is an example of dedicate.
Origin: Middle English dedicat ; from Classical Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare, to consecrate, declare ; from de-, intensive plush dicare, to proclaim ; from dicere, to say: see diction
- to set apart for worship of a deity or devote to a sacred purpose
- to set apart seriously for a special purpose; devote to some work, duty, etc.: she dedicated her life to serving the poor
- to address or inscribe (a book, artistic performance, etc.) to someone or something as a sign of honor or affection
- ☆ to open formally (a public building, fair, etc.)
- Law to devote to public use
Origin: ME dedicaten < the adj.
- dedicator noun
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transitive verb ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing, ded·i·cates
- To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
- To set apart for a special use: dedicated their money to scientific research.
- To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action: dedicated ourselves to starting our own business. See Synonyms at devote.
- To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
- a. To open (a building, for example) to public use.b. To show to the public for the first time: dedicate a monument.
Origin: Middle English dedicaten, from Latin dēdicāre, dēdicāt- : dē-, de- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- dedˈi·caˌtor noun