(Ded"i*cate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dedicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dedicating.]
1. To set apart and consecrate, as to a divinity, or for sacred uses; to devote formally and solemnly; as,
to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, or a church, to a religious use.
Vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, . . . which also king David did dedicate unto the Lord.2 Sam.
viii. 10, 11.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their
lives that that nation might live. . . . But in a larger sense we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate,
we can not hallow this ground.A. Lincoln.
2. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty or service.
The profession of a soldier, to which he had dedicated himself.Clarendon.
3. To inscribe or address, as to a patron.
He complied ten elegant books, and dedicated them to the Lord Burghley.Peacham.
Syn. See Addict.
(Ded`i*ca*tee") n. One to whom a thing is dedicated; correlative to dedicator.
(Ded`i*ca"tion) n. [L. dedicatio.]
1. The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious
solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple.
2. A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use.
3. An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the
work to his special protection and favor.
(Ded"i*ca`tor) n. [L.: cf. F. dédicateur.] One who dedicates; more especially, one who inscribes
a book to the favor of a patron, or to one whom he desires to compliment.
(Ded`i*ca*to"ri*al) a. Dedicatory.
(Ded"i*ca*to*ry) a. [Cf. F. dédicatoire.] Constituting or serving as a dedication; complimental.
"An epistle dedicatory." Dryden.
(Ded"i*ca*to*ry), n. Dedication. [R.] Milton.
(||Ded"i*mus) n. [L. dedimus we have given, fr. dare to give. So called because the writ
began, Dedimus potestatem, etc.] (Law) A writ to commission private persons to do some act in place
of a judge, as to examine a witness, etc. Bouvier.
(De*di"tion) n. [L. deditio, fr. dedere to give away, surrender; de- + dare to give.] The act
of yielding; surrender. [R.] Sir M. Hale.
(Ded"o*lent) a. [L. dedolens, p. pr. of dedolere to give over grieving; de- + dolere to grieve.]
Feeling no compunction; apathetic. [R.] Hallywell.
(De*duce") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deduced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deducing.] [L. deducere; de- +
ducere to lead, draw. See Duke, and cf. Deduct.]