dedication

Dedication means "committing yourself to something," like your dedication to marathon training that had you running every single morning for four months.

Dedication can be complete devotion and faith in someone or something, like your dedication to your family, a ceremony in which something is officially named, like the dedication of a new building. Another kind of dedication is a short message written to someone, like the dedication "Happy Birthday, Uncle Fred," which you write inside the book you give him, or something extra added to an autograph, like "To my greatest fan!"

Definitions of dedication
  1. noun
    complete and wholehearted fidelity
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    faithfulness, fidelity
    the quality of being faithful
  2. noun
    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
    synonyms: allegiance, commitment, loyalty
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    communalism
    loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
    consecration
    a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
    devotion
    commitment to some purpose
    enlistment
    the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
    faith
    loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
    cultism
    devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
    hobbyism
    a devotion to hobbies
    reenlistment
    a renewed enlistment
    fetich, fetish
    excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
    party spirit
    devotion to a political party
    type of:
    cooperation
    joint operation or action
  3. noun
    a message that makes a pledge
    synonyms: commitment
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    oath, swearing
    a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
    affirmation
    (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
    promise
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    assurance, pledge
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    profession
    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith
    guarantee, warrant, warrantee, warranty
    a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
    guarantee
    an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true
    oath
    a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior
    parole, word, word of honor
    a promise
    plight, troth
    a solemn pledge of fidelity
    betrothal, engagement, troth
    a mutual promise to marry
    pinning
    a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin
    rain check
    a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future
    vow
    a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  4. noun
    a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
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    rededication
    a new dedication
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    ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
    a formal event performed on a special occasion
  5. noun
    a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
    synonyms: inscription
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    message
    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
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