I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare to dedicate, from de- + dicare to proclaim, dedicate — more at diction Date: 14th century dedicated 1 II. transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Date: 15th century 1. to devote to the worship of a divine being; specifically to set apart (a church) to sacred uses with solemn rites 2. a. to set apart to a definite use <
money dedicated to their vacation fund
b. to commit to a goal or way of life <
ready to dedicate his life to public service
3. to inscribe or address by way of compliment <
dedicate a book to a friend
4. to open to public use Synonyms: see devotededicator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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