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Pronunciation:  `dedu'keyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
  2. [n]  complete and wholehearted fidelity
  3. [n]  a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
  4. [n]  a message that makes a pledge
  5. [n]  a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

DEDICATION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: allegiance, commitment, commitment, inscription, loyalty
 See Also: affirmation, assurance, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, communalism, consecration, content, cooperation, devotion, faith, faithfulness, fidelity, message, oath, observance, pledge, promise, rededication, subject matter, substance, swearing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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