1. The act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated.
2. A note prefixed to a literary, artistic, or musical composition dedicating it to someone in token of affection or esteem.
3. A rite or ceremony of dedicating.
4. Selfless devotion: served the public with dedication and integrity.
dedi·ca′tive, dedi·ca·to′ry (-kə-tôr′ē) adj.
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