verb (used with object), ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing.
- to set apart and consecrate to a deity or to a sacred purpose: The ancient Greeks dedicated many shrines to Aphrodite.
- to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose: He dedicated his life to fighting corruption.
- to offer formally (a book, piece of music, etc.) to a person, cause, or the like in testimony of affection or respect, as on a prefatory page.
- (loosely) to inscribe a personal signature on (a book, drawing, etc., that is one’s own work), usually with a salutation addressing the recipient.
- to mark the official completion or opening of (a public building, monument, highway, etc.), usually by formal ceremonies.
- to set aside for or assign to a specific function, task, or purpose: The county health agency has dedicated one inspector to monitor conditions in nursing homes.
- (often foll by to) to devote (oneself, one’s time, etc) wholly to a special purpose or cause; commit wholeheartedly or unreservedly
- (foll by to) to address or inscribe (a book, artistic performance, etc) to a person, cause, etc as a token of affection or respect
- (foll by to) to request or play (a record) on radio for another person as a greeting
- to assign or allocate to a particular project, function, etc
- to set apart for a deity or for sacred uses; consecrate
- an archaic word for dedicated
early 15c. (of churches), from Latin dedicatus, past participle of dedicare “consecrate, proclaim, affirm, set apart,” from de- “away” (see de-) + dicare “proclaim,” from stem of dicere “to speak, to say” (see diction). Dedicated “devoted to one’s aims or vocation” is first attested 1944.