Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consecrated; devoted; appropriated.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English dedicaten, from Latin dēdicāre, dēdicāt- : dē-, de- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

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