Ded"i*cate (?), p. a. [L. dedicatus, p. p. of dedicare to affirm, to dedicate; de- + dicare to declare, dedicate; akin to dicere to say. See Diction.]

Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated.

"Dedicate to nothing temporal."

Shak.

Syn. -- Devoted; consecrated; addicted.

 

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Ded"i*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dedicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dedicating.]

1.

To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as, to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a religious use.

Vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, . . . which also king David did dedicate unto the Lord. 2 Sam. viii. 10, 11.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. . . . But in a larger sense we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. A. Lincoln.

2.

To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service.

The profession of a soldier, to which he had dedicated himself. Clarendon.

3.

To inscribe or address, as to a patron.

He complied ten elegant books, and dedicated them to the Lord Burghley. Peacham.

Syn. -- See Addict.

 

© Webster 1913.

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