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
  1. verb
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    synonyms: commit, consecrate, devote, give
    offer in good faith
    give, sacrifice
    endure the loss of
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    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
  2. verb
    inscribe or address by way of compliment
    “She dedicated her book to her parents”
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    address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
    type of:
    give, render
  3. verb
    set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
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    type of:
    assign, set apart, specify
    select something or someone for a specific purpose
  4. verb
    open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building
    “The Beauty Queen spends her time dedicating parks and nursing homes”
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    type of:
    inaugurate, kick off
    commence officially
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