ded·i·cate /ˈdɛdɪˌket ||ˈdɛˌdi-/
Ded·i·cate p. a. Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated. “Dedicate to nothing temporal.”
Syn: -- Devoted; consecrated; addicted.
Ded·i·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dedicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dedicating.]
1. To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as, to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a religious use.
Vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, . . . which also king David did dedicate unto the Lord. --2 Sam. viii. 10, 11.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. . . . But in a larger sense we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. --A. Lincoln.
2. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service.
The profession of a soldier, to which he had dedicated himself. --Clarendon.
3. To inscribe or address, as to a patron.
He complied ten elegant books, and dedicated them to the Lord Burghley. --Peacham.
Syn: -- See Addict.
v 1: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She
committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's
talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the
church" [syn: give, consecrate, commit, devote]
2: open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building; "The
Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and nursing
3: inscribe or address by way of compliment; "She dedicated her
book to her parents"
4: set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church