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.
adj 1: devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose; "a dedicated
dancer"; "dedicated teachers"; "dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal"- A.Lincoln
2: solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a
life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a
chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II" [syn: consecrated,
consecrate] [ant: desecrated]