Definitions for: Dedicate

[v] set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
[v] inscribe or address by way of compliment; "She dedicated her book to her parents"
[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"
[v] open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building; "The Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and bursing homes"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Synonyms: commit, consecrate, devote

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

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