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dedicate (v.)

early 15c. (of churches), 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"). Dedicated "devoted to one's aims or vocation" is first attested 1944.