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English Dictionary: dedicate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dedicate
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"
    Synonym(s): give, dedicate, 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 homes"
  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
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dedicate \Ded"i*cate\, p. a. [L. dedicatus, p. p. of dedicare to
      affirm, to dedicate; de- + dicare to declare, dedicate; akin
      to dicere to say. See {Diction}.]
      Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated. [bd]Dedicate to
      nothing temporal.[b8] --Shak.
  
      Syn: Devoted; consecrated; addicted.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dedicate \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}.
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