To dedicate is to assign, to commit or to give over. If you dedicate a song you’ve written to a friend, it means the song belongs to them. If you dedicate yourself to a project, it means you give yourself to it.

Things you may be dedicated to include your family, improving your local park, or attempting to break the world record for making the world's biggest rubber band ball. A dedicated resource is one committed to a specific mission, such as the computer room at your school being dedicated, or given over, to newspaper production every Tuesday afternoon.

Definitions of dedicate

v give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

commit, consecrate, devote, give
offer in good faith
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
consecrate, vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
dedicate anew
apply oneself to
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v inscribe or address by way of compliment

“She dedicated her book to her parents”
address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
Type of:
give, render

v set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church

Type of:
assign, set apart, specify
select something or someone for a specific purpose

v open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building

“The Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and nursing homes”
Type of:
inaugurate, kick off
commence officially

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