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dedicate

verb [T] uk   /ˈded.ɪ.keɪt/ us  

dedicate verb [T] (GIVE TIME/ENERGY)

C1 to give all of your energy, time, etc.: He has dedicated his life to scientific research. The new president said she would dedicate herself to protecting the rights of the sick and the homeless.

dedicate verb [T] (BOOK, ETC.)

C2 If you dedicate a book, play, performance, etc. to someone, you publicly say that it is in that person's honour: The book is dedicated to the author's husband.

dedicate verb [T] (BUILDING)

formal When a building, especially a religious building, is dedicated, there is a ceremony at which it is formally opened for use and its particular purpose is stated: The church was dedicated on 1 March 1805 to the local Saint Jude.
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