Etymology
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dedicate (v.)

early 15c. (of church buildings) "set apart and consecrate to a deity or a sacred purpose," from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare "consecrate, proclaim, affirm, set apart," from de "away" (see de-) + dicare "proclaim" (from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly," and see diction).

General sense of "devote with solemnity or earnest purpose" is from 1550s. Meaning "ascribe or address (a literary or musical composition) to someone or something" is from 1540s. Related: Dedicated; dedicating.

updated on October 20, 2020

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Definitions of dedicate from WordNet

dedicate (v.)
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause;
Synonyms: give / consecrate / commit / devote
dedicate (v.)
open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building;
dedicate (v.)
inscribe or address by way of compliment;
She dedicated her book to her parents
dedicate (v.)
set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church;
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