- Dedication is defined as the state of being committed to someone, a ceremony for the beginning of something such as the birth of a child, or something written, said or expressed in honor or memory of someone.
- An example of dedication is the feeling of being a husband and wife.
- An example of dedication is an opening ceremony for a new charity organization.
- An example of dedication is a book written in honor of the author's parents.
- a dedicating or being dedicated
- an inscription, as in a book, dedicating it to a person, cause, etc.
- wholehearted devotion
Origin of dedicationMiddle English dedicacioun ; from Classical Latin dedicatio
- The act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated.
- A note prefixed to a literary, artistic, or musical composition dedicating it to someone in token of affection or esteem.
- A rite or ceremony of dedicating.
- Selfless devotion: served the public with dedication and integrity.
- ded′i·ca′tive, ded′i·ca·to′ry
(countable and uncountable, plural dedications)
- (uncountable) The act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated.
- (countable) A note addressed to a patron or friend, prefixed to a work of art as a token of respect, esteem, or affection.
- (countable) A ceremony marking an official completion or opening.
- (law) The deliberate or negligent surrender of all rights to property.
Originated 1350–1400 from Middle English dedicacioun, from Old French dedicacion (“consecration of a church or chapel”), from Latin dédicātiō, equivalent to dédicātus+-iōn.
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