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1. The act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated.
2. A note prefixed to a literary, artistic, or musical composition dedicating it to someone in token of affection or esteem.
3. A rite or ceremony of dedicating.
4. Selfless devotion: served the public with dedication and integrity.

ded′i·ca′tive, ded′i·ca·to′ry (-kə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(ˈdɛd ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

also ded•i•ca•tive

(-ˌkeɪ tɪv)

pertaining to or serving as a dedication.
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But a kind of continuation of the Tales of my Landlord had been recently attempted by a stranger, and it was supposed this Dedicatory Epistle might pass for some imitation of the same kind, and thus putting enquirers upon a false scent, induce them to believe they had before them the work of some new candidate for their favour.
After other interesting exercises, including an invocation from Bishop Nelson, of Georgia, a dedicatory ode by Albert Howell, Jr., and addresses by the President of the Exposition and Mrs.
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After a dedicatory prayer and the raising of the Stars and Stripes by a Marine unit and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, many little speeches were given and names of those without speeches cited.
To celebrate their safe return, a clock was installed in the church tower of the village Holy Trinity Church, with a dedicatory brass plaque just inside the south door.
Keynote Speaker Marc Kiehna, of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, further expounded on issues related to the monument dedication after which Joan Montroy, Chapter Chaplin, gave a "Dedicatory Prayer."
The music for the occasion was provided by the Cardiff Transport Band and, after the National Anthem, the Bishop of Llandaff said a dedicatory prayer.
Prynne initiated the correspondence by writing to Olson in November 1961 in search of work for Prospect, a small literary magazine published in Cambridge, England, says Dobran, and also closed it with a dedicatory epigraph to Fire Lizard, a short poem sequence written on New Year's Day 1970 that reached Olson just days before his death.
By including pro-women topoi popularized by the querelle des femmes tradition in both her dedicatory letter to Anna Jagiellon and a second dedicatory letter to her readers, Erculiani calls for educational reform and more access to scientific learning for women.