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dedication (n.)

late 14c., dedicacioun, "action of consecrating to a deity or sacred use," from Old French dedicacion "consecration of a church or chapel" (14c., Modern French dédication) and directly from Latin dedicationem, noun of action from 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). Meaning "the giving of oneself to some purpose" is from c. 1600. Sense of "an inscription to a patron or friend prefixed to a literary or musical composition" is from 1590s.

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Definitions of dedication from WordNet

dedication (n.)
complete and wholehearted fidelity;
dedication (n.)
a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose;
dedication (n.)
a message that makes a pledge;
Synonyms: commitment
dedication (n.)
a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something;
Synonyms: inscription
dedication (n.)
the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action;
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