Definition of dedicate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛdɪkeɪt


[with object] (often dedicate something to)
  • 1Devote (time or effort) to a particular task or purpose: Joan has dedicated her life to animals
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    • For the moment, however, she says the group are purely dedicating their efforts to putting together a solid outline proposal for the area, before they begin their investigations for funding.
    • Since last October, the students have been dedicating themselves to the task of mounting the enduringly popular Guys and Dolls.
    • I met many people who dedicated much of their efforts to assist in the planning of the anti-hate demonstration.
    devote, commit, pledge, bind, obligate, give, give over, surrender, set aside, allot, allocate, consign, sacrifice
  • 1.1Devote (something) to a particular subject: volume four is dedicated to wasps
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    • Entire magazines are dedicated to the subject of teen boys' haircuts.
    • For example, your website is dedicated to the general subject of ‘cat care.’
    • The third section of the catalog is dedicated to the subject of icons in various media, from panel paintings to textiles.
  • 1.2Cite or nominate (a book or other artistic work) as being issued or performed in someone’s honour: the novel is dedicated to the memory of my mother
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    • All the poems in the book are dedicated to his memory.
    • At least a third of the book is dedicated to memories of his dad.
    • The book is dedicated to the memory of Maura Burns of Ferrybank who recently passed away.
    inscribe, address, name; assign, offer
  • 1.3Formally open or unveil (a building or monument): today the President dedicates the new Second World War memorial in Washington
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    • The building was formally opened and dedicated by the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Right Rev Peter Hullah, with another 150 guests joining the 500 schoolchildren.
    • Hampton's new 36,000-square-foot facility was formally dedicated on Sept.23.
    • This decision to sell the temple was not publicly made known until the building was finally completed and formally dedicated on 1 May 1846.
  • 1.4Ceremonially assign (a church or other building) to a deity or saint: the parish church is dedicated to St Paul
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    • The Chupao Temple is dedicated to a life-saving deity known as Paosheng.
    • Churches were increasingly dedicated to, and children named after, universal saints.
    • I recall visiting Calvin's church in Geneva, a twelfth-century Romanesque building dedicated to Saint Peter.
    devote, assign; bless, consecrate, sanctify, hallow, make holy, make sacred



Pronunciation: /-kəˈtiː/
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  • Alfred Schnittke's First Cello Concerto is surely one major candidate, first performed by the orchestra in 1991 and again on this occasion by the work's dedicatee, Natalia Gutman.
  • Many - including its dedicatee and first conductor, Hans Richter - considered not only the greatest English symphony to that point, but the greatest symphony of modern times.
  • Throughout the volume, Lanyer lauds her primary dedicatee Margaret Clifford, the Countess of Cumberland, for her charity, piety, chastity, learning, and nobility.


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  • Throughout its history Olympia attracted wealthy dedicators from the whole Greek world and beyond.
  • Another find from this part of Corinth that might be relevant is the fluted poros shaft of the Archaic period inscribed with the name of the dedicator.


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  • Among them was a posthumous portrait statue of Nobunaga, which bears a dedicatory inscription dated 1583.
  • I remember Martin loaning me a copy of The White Goddess, that first edition with the version of the dedicatory poem which I really liked extraordinarily.
  • She also wished the table to include both her husband's coat of arms (he has a great interest in heraldry) and a dedicatory inscription to him that would mention their three children.


late Middle English (in the sense 'devote to sacred use by solemn rites'): from Latin dedicat- 'devoted, consecrated', from the verb dedicare.

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