Meaning of “dedication” in the English Dictionary

"dedication" in British English

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uk /ˌded.ɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌded.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/

dedication noun (TIME/ENERGY)

C1 [ U ] the willingness to give a lot of time and energy to something because it is important:

He has always shown great dedication to the cause.
She thanked the staff for their dedication and enthusiasm.

More examples

  • The country's greatest resource is the dedication of its workers.
  • The job requires a lot of enthusiasm, dedication and self-sacrifice.
  • I owe my life to the bravery and dedication of the rescue services.
  • She applied herself to the task with enormous energy and dedication.
  • With a certain amount of dedication and determination, you can achieve a great deal.

(Definition of “dedication” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dedication" in American English

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dedicationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌded·ɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

the activity of giving a lot of your energy and time to something you think is important:

[ U ] dedication to worthy causes

A dedication is also a ceremony in which something is formally opened or made available to the public:

[ U ] The mayor made a speech at the dedication ceremony for the new school.

(Definition of “dedication” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)