The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dedicate \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
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.
2. To devote, set apart, or give up, as one's self, to a duty
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.