Definition of dedication in English:


Line breaks: dedi|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɛdɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1The quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose: his dedication to his duties
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  • To learn to love, or give, requires tremendous effort and dedication to spiritual growth.
  • He has shown tremendous commitment and dedication to saving lives and for that we are very grateful.
  • Both of these women were rewarded for their commitment and dedication to improving labour standards in the burgeoning call centre industry.
2The action of dedicating a church or other building: the dedication of a new city church
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  • As I discovered during the four-hour-long dedication ceremony, the cathedral is not just a huge auditorium under church auspices.
  • The dedication of new churches is of supreme importance and involves feasts and choral competitions
  • Such preparations marked a building's dedication and consecration to the service of God.
2.1 [count noun] An inscription or form of words dedicating a building, book, etc. to a person or deity: a faintly engraved inscription or dedication the hardback edition contained a fulsome dedication to his wife
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  • Norbrook argues that the dedications of the individual books, and of the volume as a whole, were all to men involved in opposition to government policy.
  • Apart from the usual salutations and dedications, the book starts with an introduction in conventional German.
  • The expectations raised by the prefatory dedications to this book are fully realised in both its felicitous prose and subtle readings.


late Middle English: from Latin dedicatio(n-), from dedicare 'devote, consecrate' (see dedicate).

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