Definition of dedication in US English:



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

    ‘his dedication to his duties’
    • ‘Here again, her dedication to the task on hand was as remarkable as ever and she proved an excellent student.’
    • ‘His heart was never fully in the job and his dedication to the task has been questioned.’
    • ‘Their dedication to quality has paid off - with a devoted band of customers throughout West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘His ability has never been in doubt, his hard work and dedication to the task in hand has been obvious, but was it enough?’
    • ‘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. -’
    • ‘His vision, necessarily, was a narrow one and he was no politician, but his dedication to his task was total.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tom had launched the contracting company and through sheer hard work and dedication to service and quality, they began to make their mark.’
    • ‘Reg was a most popular man, admired for his leadership qualities and sincere dedication to everything he tackled.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘He has shown tremendous commitment and dedication to saving lives and for that we are very grateful.’
    • ‘Both of these women were rewarded for their commitment and dedication to improving labour standards in the burgeoning call centre industry.’
    • ‘To learn to love, or give, requires tremendous effort and dedication to spiritual growth.’
    • ‘More importantly, he's a tough politician with matchless dedication to a task once he has undertaken it.’
    • ‘A family culture still very much prevails and, while output has increased, the Butlers insist their dedication to quality has not been compromised.’
    • ‘The preparation and training involved for the trip required tremendous effort and dedication on their part, all in aid of a most worthy cause.’
    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 and unveiling was attended by some 5,000 people’
    • ‘I spent months planning my dedication ceremony, and wrote the majority of it myself.’
    • ‘The company's dedication ceremony was marked by a scroll placed in the foundation stone.’
    • ‘More than 3000 people crammed around the HMAS Sydney memorial at Mount Scott yesterday for its dedication ceremony.’
    • ‘As I discovered during the four-hour-long dedication ceremony, the cathedral is not just a huge auditorium under church auspices.’
    • ‘Such preparations marked a building's dedication and consecration to the service of God.’
    • ‘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 was conducted by the station chaplain at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Squadron Leader Eleanor Rance.’
    • ‘A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday evening.’
    • ‘The dedication ceremony was held at NASA Ames Research Centre, Moffett Field, California.’
    • ‘The dedication ceremony was attended by guests from around the world and featured entertainment and several exclusive displays.’
    • ‘The dedication of new churches is of supreme importance and involves feasts and choral competitions’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 is to be performed by the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Rev David James, next month.’
    • ‘When I told a friend about my dedication ceremony, I never anticipated her initial shocked reaction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the B&O's dedication ceremony, a scroll was placed in a hole drilled inside the foundation stone.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1 The words with which a book or other artistic work is dedicated.
      ‘the hardback edition contained a warm dedication to his wife’
      • ‘I was most disturbed by his words concerning the dedication in William's book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You don't have to go any further than the dedication to see what's so very wrong with her new book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each of the individual dedications was pinned to the oak trees by children from the village school at Esquelbecq.’
      • ‘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 expectations raised by the prefatory dedications to this book are fully realised in both its felicitous prose and subtle readings.’
      • ‘The op. 45 set of three marches was published in Vienna in 1804, with a dedication to Princess Maria Esterházy.’
      • ‘I hadn't planned on ever talking about it publicly, not beyond the dedications in my books.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The book's dedication, for example, is in Latin - optimis parentibus (to my excellent parents) - and bits of Greek pop up in unexpected places.’
      • ‘Apart from the usual salutations and dedications, the book starts with an introduction in conventional German.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he was always in my thoughts, especially when the time came to write the final piece for my book - the thanks and dedications.’
      • ‘On the sleeve, he lists a few dedications, and then pointedly says that this is ‘for no one else.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Neill's dedication in this book is the oldest citation of the word contrarian.’
      • ‘It was intended for two artists - thus, the dedication to Elena Winther and Vladimir Pleshakov - and not written with students in mind.’
      • ‘The inside had the dedication to: ‘My miracle, Naiad, and to whom ever follows their heat back home.’’
      • ‘Let me read a portion of the dedication to Todd in the book.’
      • ‘It is a moving dedication to this Sergeant Craig Nelson.’
      • ‘As with the dedication to Winsor, this one exhibits a beautiful tone and style, though without quite as many literary fireworks.’
      • ‘Thomson's compatriot, Thomas Gordon, described dedications as ‘Bills of exchange drawn by the witty upon the great, and payable at sight’.’
      • ‘There's the chance you might also come across a statue of Queen Victoria, but you'll find few dedications to any other women.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then follows the dedication to William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke, and his brother Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What was a surprise for the McNairs was news of Nora's book and its moving dedication to them.’
      • ‘In his rhetorically powerful letters and dedications George apparently saw Mehmed as a suitable patron of his academic skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      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).