- 1to give a lot of your time and effort to a particular activity or purpose because you think it is important synonym devote dedicate yourself/something to something She dedicates herself to her work. dedicate yourself/something to doing something He dedicated his life to helping the poor.
- 2dedicate something to somebody to say at the beginning of a book, a piece of music or a performance that you are doing it for somebody, as a way of thanking them or showing respect This book is dedicated to my parents.
- 3to hold an official ceremony to say that a building or an object has a special purpose or is special to the memory of a particular person dedicate something The chapel was dedicated in 1880. dedicate something to somebody/something A memorial stone was dedicated to those who were killed in the war. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘devote to sacred use by solemn rites’): from Latin dedicat-
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dedicate
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪt//he / she / it dedicates
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪts//past simple dedicated
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd//past participle dedicated
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd//-ing form dedicating
BrE BrE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdedɪkeɪtɪŋ//