Definition of dedicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dedicate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘devote to sacred use by solemn rites’): from Latin dedicat- ‘devoted, consecrated’, from the verb dedicare.
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