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See also: dedícate and dediĉate



From Latin dēdicātus, past participle of dēdicō (I dedicate, proclaim).


  • (verb): (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛdɪˌkeɪt/
  • (adjective, noun): (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛdɪˌkɪt/
  • (file)


dedicate (third-person singular simple present dedicates, present participle dedicating, simple past and past participle dedicated)

  1. (transitive) To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
  2. (transitive) To set apart for a special use
    dedicated their money to scientific research.
  3. (transitive) To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action
    dedicated ourselves to starting our own business.
  4. (transitive) To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
  5. (transitive) To open (a building, for example) to public use.
  6. (transitive) To show to the public for the first time
    dedicate a monument.


Derived terms[edit]



dedicate (comparative more dedicate, superlative most dedicate)

  1. (obsolete) Dedicated; set apart; devoted; consecrated.


dedicate (plural dedicates)

  1. (chiefly fantasy and paganism) One who dedicates themself, or who is dedicated, to the service of some leader, religion, etc.
    • 2011 September 1, Tamora Pierce, Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book, Scholastic Inc., →ISBN:
      Glancing at the crowd of onlookers, she said, “I know that service at the dining hall will be over soon”—instantly a few dedicates and all of the novices hurried away—“and some of us here would like to prepare our own meal.” [] Out of sight of the dedicates, she climbed over the short fence and escaped to Winding Circle's biggest library.
    • 2015 April 8, Dracaena Paxx, The Sacred Spiral: Unlocking Ones Infinite Potential, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN:
      Initiation—When a dedicate is seen on all levels to be learning and doing more as they participate in the circle and aids with rituals and/or divination, an initiation is decided on with the priest or priestess and dedicate.
    • 2019 November 14, Charul Palmer-Patel, The Shape of Fantasy: Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy, Routledge, →ISBN:
      Through this rune of compassion, feelings of pain are transferred from the dedicates to Fallion. Lord Despair then proceeds to torture the dedicates so that Fallion would feel the pain of the tortures without being physically harmed []
    • 2022 September 27, Chad Corrie, The Wizard King Trilogy Boxed Set, Dark Horse Books, →ISBN, page 24:
      Rowan Cortak stood with the rest of the dedicates.


Etymology 1[edit]



  1. inflection of dedicare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2[edit]


dedicate f pl

  1. feminine plural of dedicato




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēdicō




  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of dedicar combined with te