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"dedicate" in British English

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dedicateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈded.ɪ.keɪt/

dedicate verb [T] (GIVE TIME/ENERGY)

C1 to give all of ​yourenergy, ​time, etc.: He has dedicated his ​life toscientificresearch. The new ​president said she would dedicate herself toprotecting the ​rights of the ​sick and the ​homeless.
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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 ​religiousbuilding, is dedicated, there is a ​ceremony at which it is ​formallyopened for use and ​itsparticularpurpose is ​stated: The ​church was dedicated on 1 ​March 1805 to the ​local Saint Jude.
(Definition of dedicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dedicate" in American English

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dedicateverb [T]

 us   /ˈded·ɪˌkeɪt/
to give ​completelyyourenergy, ​time, etc. to something: He dedicated his ​life to ​helping the ​poor. If you dedicate a ​book, ​play, ​performance, etc., to someone or something, you say ​publicly that it is in ​honor of that ​person or thing: This ​book is dedicated to my ​children, Claire and ​Tom.
(Definition of dedicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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