Origin of dedicateMiddle English dedicat from Classical Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare, to consecrate, declare from de-, intensive + dicare, to proclaim from dicere, to say: see diction
transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- 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 of dedicateME dedicaten < the adj.