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dedicate

ded·i·cate

dedicate

 
pronunciation:
de d keIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dedicated, dedicates, dedicating
definition 1: to set apart for a special use or purpose.
This money is dedicated to helping the hurricane victims.
synonyms:
devote
similar words:
appropriate, destine, pledge
definition 2: to devote to a particular person, cause, or course of action.
Since we went back to college, she's really dedicated herself to her studies.She has dedicated her life to helping others.
similar words:
apply, commit, give, offer
definition 3: to formally attach someone's name to something as a token of affection or respect.
Our school building is dedicated to the founder of the school.Let's call the radio station and dedicate a song to Mom for her birthday.
similar words:
inscribe
derivation: dedicator (n.)
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The word dedicate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).