Meaning of “dedicate” in the English Dictionary

"dedicate" in British English

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dedicateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈded.ɪ.keɪt/ us /ˈded.ə.keɪt/

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.

More examples

  • He dedicated his poetry to the glory of God.
  • The record is dedicated to her mother, who died recently.
  • He dedicated his life to freeing the world from famine and disease.
  • The war memorial was dedicated to both Jews and Gentiles.
  • If you are in the area, you should dedicate at least a day to seeing the city.

(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 completely your energy, 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)