Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
  • transitive v. To set apart for a special use: dedicated their money to scientific research.
  • transitive v. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action: dedicated ourselves to starting our own business. See Synonyms at devote.
  • transitive v. To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
  • transitive v. To open (a building, for example) to public use.
  • transitive v. To show to the public for the first time: dedicate a monument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
  • v. To set apart for a special use
  • v. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action
  • v. To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
  • v. To open (a building, for example) to public use.
  • v. To show to the public for the first time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated.
  • transitive v. To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly.
  • transitive v. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service.
  • transitive v. To inscribe or address, as to a patron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set apart and consecrate to a deity or to a sacred purpose; devote to a sacred use by a solemn act or by religious ceremonies.
  • To devote with solemnity or earnest purpose, as to some person or end; hence, to devote, apply, or set apart in general.
  • To inscribe or address (a literary or musical composition) to a patron, friend, or public character, in testimony of respect or affection, or to recommend the work to his protection and favor: as, to dedicate a book.
  • In law, to devote (property, as land) to public use.
  • Consecrated; devoted; appropriated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building
  • v. set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
  • v. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
  • v. inscribe or address by way of compliment

Etymologies

Middle English dedicaten, from Latin dēdicāre, dēdicāt- : dē-, de- + dicāre, to proclaim.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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