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

n complete and wholehearted fidelity

Type of:
faithfulness, fidelity
the quality of being faithful

n the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

allegiance, commitment, loyalty
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loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
commitment to some purpose
the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
a devotion to hobbies
a renewed enlistment
fetich, fetish
excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
party spirit
devotion to a political party
Type of:
joint operation or action

n a message that makes a pledge

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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
(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)
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
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
an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true
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
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
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

n a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

a new dedication
Type of:
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
a formal event performed on a special occasion

n a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

Type of:
a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

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