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Meaning of DEDICATE

Pronunciation:  'dedu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
  2. [v]  inscribe or address by way of compliment; "She dedicated her book to her parents"
  3. [v]  give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
  4. [v]  open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building; "The Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and bursing homes"

DEDICATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: commit, consecrate, devote
 See Also: apply, assign, employ, give, inaugurate, inscribe, kick off, rededicate, render, set apart, specify, use, utilise, utilize, vow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ded"i*cate\, p. a. [L. dedicatus, p. p. of dedicare to
    affirm, to dedicate; de- + dicare to declare, dedicate; akin
    to dicere to say. See {Diction}.]
    Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated. ``Dedicate to
    nothing temporal.'' --Shak.
    Syn: Devoted; consecrated; addicted.
  2. \Ded"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dedicated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Dedicating}.]
    1. To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for
       sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as, to
       dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a
       religious use.
             Vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, . . . which
             also king David did dedicate unto the Lord. --2 Sam.
                                                   viii. 10, 11.
             We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as
             a final resting place for those who here gave their
             lives that that nation might live. . . . But in a
             larger sense we can not dedicate, we can not
             consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. --A.
    2. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty
       or service.
             The profession of a soldier, to which he had
             dedicated himself.                    --Clarendon.
    3. To inscribe or address, as to a patron.
             He complied ten elegant books, and dedicated them to
             the Lord Burghley.                    --Peacham.
    Syn: See {Addict}.
Thesaurus Terms
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