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tr.v. ded·i·cat·ed, ded·i·cat·ing, ded·i·cates
1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
2. To set apart for a special use: dedicated their money to scientific research.
3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action: dedicated ourselves to starting our own business. See Synonyms at devote.
4. To address or inscribe (a literary work, for example) to another as a mark of respect or affection.
a. To open (a building, for example) to public use.
b. To show to the public for the first time: dedicate a monument.

[Middle English dedicaten, from Latin dēdicāre, dēdicāt- : dē-, de- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

ded′i·ca′tor n.
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nWidmende(r) mf, → Zueigner(in) m(f) (geh)
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Casaubon that he had once addressed a dedication to Carp in which he had numbered that member of the animal kingdom among the viros nullo aevo perituros, a mistake which would infallibly lay the dedicator open to ridicule in the next age, and might even be chuckled over by Pike and Tench in the present.
A very strong instance of which I shall give you in this address, in which I am determined to follow the example of all other dedicators, and will consider not what my patron really deserves to have written, but what he will be best pleased to read.
The autosomal recessive form is mainly due to DOCK8 (Dedicator of cytokinesis 8) and Tyk2 (Tyrosine kinase 2) mutations and pre-dominant clinical manifestations are severe eczema, recurrent skin and lung infections1,2.
The study also found that a second protein called dedicator of cytokinesis 4, or DOCK4, partners with SR-B1 and is necessary for the process.
Notker's dedicator)' narrative provides important clues to understanding aspects of the early history of the genre.
[7] was used to identify key differentially expressed genes (DEGs) such as CBX5, TCF3, dedicator of cytokinesis 10, and mannosidase alpha class 1C in the blood of patients with PD compared with those of healthy controls.
However, db/ db mice under the BKS.Cg background are generally identified by coat color because of proteins coded by the dedicator of cytokinesis 7 (Dock7) gene, which is near the Lepr gene [22, 23].
A patient with the rare immunodeficiency disorder dedicator of cytokinesis 8 deficiency (DOCK8 deficiency, or hyper IgE syndrome) excreted echovirus 13 in the first fecal sample, and another patient with the rare immunodeficiency disorder B cell expansion with NF-kB and T cell anergy (BENTA) disease excreted echovirus 5 in the first fecal sample.
Although the collection is noticeably late in its selection of repertory, it includes many dedicated published works that Haydn appeared to value, regardless of whether they err on the side of self-promotion for the dedicator as opposed to gratitude or homage.
Only 200 cases of HIES have been reported worldwide, identified using various molecular etiologies, such as a mutation in signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and dedicator of cytokinesis 8 (DOCK8) genes [3].
Dbl family proteins, which possess a catalytic DH domain followed by a PH domain, constitute the largest subgroup of Rho-specific GEFs, followed by the dedicator of cytokinesis (DOCK) family, whose members possess a DOCK homology region 2 (DHR2) instead of a DH domain.