tr.v. ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing, ded·i·cates
1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
2. To set apart for a special use: dedicated their money to scientific research.
3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action: dedicated ourselves to starting our own business. See Synonyms at devote.
4. To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
a. To open (a building, for example) to public use.
b. To show to the public for the first time: dedicate a monument.
[Middle English dedicaten, from Latin dēdicāre, dēdicāt- : dē-, de- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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