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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Dedicate

DEDICATE, verb transitive [Latin To vow, promise, devote, dedicate See Class Dg. No. 12, 15, 45. The sense is to send, to throw; hence, to set, to appoint.]

1. To set apart and consecrate to a divine Being, or to a sacred purpose; to devote to a sacred use, by a solemn act, or by religious ceremonies; as, to dedicate vessels, treasures, a temple, an altar, or a church, to God or to a religious use.

Vessels of silver, of gold, and of brass, which king David did dedicate to the Lord. 2 Sam. Viii.

2. To appropriate solemnly to any person or purpose; to give wholly or chiefly to. The ministers of the gospel dedicate themselves, their time and their studies, to the service of Christ. A soldier dedicates himself to the profession of arms.

3. To inscribe or address to a patron; as, to dedicate a book.

DEDICATE, adjective Consecrated; devoted; appropriated.