1. The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple.
2. A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use.
3. An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor.
n 1: complete and wholehearted fidelity
2: a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated
to some goal or purpose
3: a message that makes a pledge [syn: commitment]
4: a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a
photograph) dedicating it to someone or something [syn: inscription]
5: the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally)
to a course of action; "his long commitment to public
service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team" [syn: commitment,