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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: dedicare, from dicare 'to say publicly'

dedicate

verb
     
ded‧i‧cate [transitive]
1 to give all your attention and effort to one particular thing
dedicate yourself/your life to something
The actress now dedicates herself to children's charity work.
2 to say at the beginning of a book or film, or before a piece of music, that it has been written, made, or performed for someone that you love or respect
dedicate something to somebody
The book was dedicated to her husband.
3 to state in an official ceremony that a building will be given someone's name in order to show respect for them
4 to use a place, time, money etc only for a particular purpose
dedicate something to/for something
The company dedicated $50,000 for the study.

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