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DEDICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dedication mean? 

DEDICATION (noun)
  The noun DEDICATION has 5 senses:

1. complete and wholehearted fidelity
2. a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
3. a message that makes a pledge
4. a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
5. the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

  Familiarity information: DEDICATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEDICATION (noun)


Sense 1dedication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complete and wholehearted fidelity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("dedication" is a kind of...):

faithfulness; fidelity (the quality of being faithful)


Sense 2dedication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("dedication" is a kind of...):

ceremonial; ceremonial occasion; ceremony; observance (a formal event performed on a special occasion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dedication"):

rededication (a new dedication)


Sense 3dedication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A message that makes a pledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

dedication; commitment

Hypernyms ("dedication" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dedication"):

assurance; pledge (a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something)

promise (a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future)

affirmation ((religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds))

oath; swearing (a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury)


Sense 4dedication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

inscription; dedication

Hypernyms ("dedication" is a kind of...):

message (a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled)

Domain category:

photography; picture taking (the act of taking and printing photographs)

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


Sense 5dedication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

allegiance; commitment; loyalty; dedication

Context examples:

his long commitment to public service / they felt no loyalty to a losing team

Hypernyms ("dedication" is a kind of...):

cooperation (joint operation or action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dedication"):

communalism (loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole)

consecration (a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal))

devotion (commitment to some purpose)

enlistment (the act of enlisting (as in a military service))

faith (loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person)


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