Definition of dedication in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.

    ‘his dedication to his duties’
    • ‘To learn to love, or give, requires tremendous effort and dedication to spiritual growth.’
    • ‘Throughout the Gospels, two women stand out in their love for the Lord and fearless dedication to His purposes: Mary of Magdela and Mary of Bethany.’
    • ‘Endless dedication to quality, a kitchen that can turn even the simplest dish into a culinary experience and one of the best views in town make a visit worth the pricey tab. -’
    • ‘Both of these women were rewarded for their commitment and dedication to improving labour standards in the burgeoning call centre industry.’
    • ‘Their dedication to quality has paid off - with a devoted band of customers throughout West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Here again, her dedication to the task on hand was as remarkable as ever and she proved an excellent student.’
    • ‘More importantly, he's a tough politician with matchless dedication to a task once he has undertaken it.’
    • ‘Reg was a most popular man, admired for his leadership qualities and sincere dedication to everything he tackled.’
    • ‘Tom had launched the contracting company and through sheer hard work and dedication to service and quality, they began to make their mark.’
    • ‘My abiding memory of their performances of these two great works is the Quartet's total dedication to the task of recreating the sublime ideas of both composers.’
    • ‘The operations of our Thailand plant have been very successful through your great ideas, hard work and dedication to quality.’
    • ‘His ability has never been in doubt, his hard work and dedication to the task in hand has been obvious, but was it enough?’
    • ‘The preparation and training involved for the trip required tremendous effort and dedication on their part, all in aid of a most worthy cause.’
    • ‘A family culture still very much prevails and, while output has increased, the Butlers insist their dedication to quality has not been compromised.’
    • ‘Alexander is a career politician too, though one who has at least earned the respect of many in business through dedication to her core task of economic development.’
    • ‘Perhaps nothing is more admirable than a parent's dedication to spending quality time with the kids.’
    • ‘He has shown tremendous commitment and dedication to saving lives and for that we are very grateful.’
    • ‘His vision, necessarily, was a narrow one and he was no politician, but his dedication to his task was total.’
    • ‘To make a film relying on personal financial means is a courageous task that shows dedication to the art: how did you manage to accomplish it?’
    • ‘His heart was never fully in the job and his dedication to the task has been questioned.’
    commitment, wholeheartedness, single-mindedness, enthusiasm, zeal, application, diligence, industry, assiduity, resolve, resoluteness, purposefulness, conscientiousness, perseverance, persistence, tenacity, doggedness, drive, staying power, backbone, sedulousness
    devotion, devotedness, commitment, loyalty, faithfulness, adherence, allegiance, constancy, staunchness
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  • 2The action of dedicating a church or other building.

    ‘the dedication of a new city church’
    • ‘A number of students who helped design the space have since graduated but all were named and thanked at the special dedication and blessing ceremony.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony was held in late July in Balkh province for the hand over of 100 km of recently constructed farm-to-market roads.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony was conducted by the station chaplain at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Squadron Leader Eleanor Rance.’
    • ‘But the money will not be available until October - one month before the national dedication ceremony to the ship at the memorial site at Mount Scott.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony is to be performed by the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev David James, next month.’
    • ‘The dedication ceremony was attended by guests from around the world and featured entertainment and several exclusive displays.’
    • ‘When I told a friend about my dedication ceremony, I never anticipated her initial shocked reaction.’
    • ‘At the B&O's dedication ceremony, a scroll was placed in a hole drilled inside the foundation stone.’
    • ‘The dedication ceremony was held at NASA Ames Research Centre, Moffett Field, California.’
    • ‘As I discovered during the four-hour-long dedication ceremony, the cathedral is not just a huge auditorium under church auspices.’
    • ‘More than 3000 people crammed around the HMAS Sydney memorial at Mount Scott yesterday for its dedication ceremony.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony paying tribute to the five lives lost in a car accident a year ago was held at Selborne College's memorial quadrangle here yesterday.’
    • ‘The moderator of Face the Nation and his wife, Pat, are expected in Fort Worth for the official dedication ceremony March 8.’
    • ‘This special dedication ceremony takes place this Thursday December 8 at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Such preparations marked a building's dedication and consecration to the service of God.’
    • ‘The company's dedication ceremony was marked by a scroll placed in the foundation stone.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday evening.’
    • ‘I spent months planning my dedication ceremony, and wrote the majority of it myself.’
    • ‘The dedication of new churches is of supreme importance and involves feasts and choral competitions’
    1. 2.1count noun An inscription or form of words dedicating a building, book, etc. to a person or deity.
      ‘a faintly engraved inscription or dedication’
      ‘the hardback edition contained a fulsome dedication to his wife’
      • ‘Then follows the dedication to William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, and his brother Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery.’
      • ‘But he was always in my thoughts, especially when the time came to write the final piece for my book - the thanks and dedications.’
      • ‘All dedications must be received by Friday and a special carol service will be held at the hospice on December 12 at 4.30 pm when the lights will be turned on.’
      • ‘It was intended for two artists - thus, the dedication to Elena Winther and Vladimir Pleshakov - and not written with students in mind.’
      • ‘I was most disturbed by his words concerning the dedication in William's book.’
      • ‘As I started work, it was moving to read some of the dedications, from many whose mothers or best friends had succumbed to breast, or other, cancers.’
      • ‘The op. 45 set of three marches was published in Vienna in 1804, with a dedication to Princess Maria Esterházy.’
      • ‘Let me read a portion of the dedication to Todd in the book.’
      • ‘Each of the individual dedications was pinned to the oak trees by children from the village school at Esquelbecq.’
      • ‘In his rhetorically powerful letters and dedications George apparently saw Mehmed as a suitable patron of his academic skills.’
      • ‘Three of the four dedications involve members of the Gonzaga family, two of whom lived in Rome, the third one (Duchess Eleonora of Austria) residing at the court in Mantua.’
      • ‘You don't have to go any further than the dedication to see what's so very wrong with her new book.’
      • ‘As with the dedication to Winsor, this one exhibits a beautiful tone and style, though without quite as many literary fireworks.’
      • ‘There's the chance you might also come across a statue of Queen Victoria, but you'll find few dedications to any other women.’
      • ‘In the dedication to Christian V, he does say that he believes he has done something new, and on the title page the issue is explicitly stated.’
      • ‘Apart from the usual salutations and dedications, the book starts with an introduction in conventional German.’
      • ‘Little is known of Drayton's personal life, though dedications and epistles reveal his circle to have included such friends as Stow, Camden, Jonson, and W. Drummond.’
      • ‘This type of pun is of course frequent in heraldic rebuses, but these almost invariably stand for personal names, although they can sometimes be identical with place names; a few also relate to dedications.’
      • ‘On the sleeve, he lists a few dedications, and then pointedly says that this is ‘for no one else.’’
      • ‘Thomson's compatriot, Thomas Gordon, described dedications as ‘Bills of exchange drawn by the witty upon the great, and payable at sight’.’
      • ‘Neill's dedication in this book is the oldest citation of the word contrarian.’
      • ‘The expectations raised by the prefatory dedications to this book are fully realised in both its felicitous prose and subtle readings.’
      • ‘We are in complete agreement about the wording for the dedication to the memory of Calouste Gulbenkian and the mention of your name and of the commission.’
      • ‘It is a moving dedication to this Sergeant Craig Nelson.’
      • ‘In Mumbai, the BPL subscribers dialled a particular number to dedicate songs to their relatives and friends and on one single day there were 48,000 such dedications.’
      • ‘I hadn't planned on ever talking about it publicly, not beyond the dedications in my books.’
      • ‘The inside had the dedication to: ‘My miracle, Naiad, and to whom ever follows their heat back home.’’
      • ‘Norbrook argues that the dedications of the individual books, and of the volume as a whole, were all to men involved in opposition to government policy.’
      • ‘The book's dedication, for example, is in Latin - optimis parentibus (to my excellent parents) - and bits of Greek pop up in unexpected places.’
      • ‘His rather obscure politics have always attracted less attention than his writings, which apart from a few of his letters and dedications, are all in verse.’
      • ‘What was a surprise for the McNairs was news of Nora's book and its moving dedication to them.’
      inscription, address, message
      blessing, consecration, sanctification, hallowing, benediction
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Late Middle English: from Latin dedicatio(n-), from dedicare ‘devote, consecrate’ (see dedicate).