WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ded•i•ca•tion /ˌdɛdɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] commitment, interest, or work in achieving a goal:complete dedication to her students.
  2. an inscription at the beginning of a book, offered as a sign of respect or thanks:[countable]The dedication read simply "To my husband.''
  3. a ceremony of formally opening something for a particular use:[countable]the dedication of the new cathedral.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ded•i•ca•tion  (ded′i kāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of dedicating.
  2. the state of being dedicated:Her dedication to medicine was so great that she had time for little else.
  3. a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
  4. a personal, handwritten inscription in or on a work, as by an author to a friend.
  5. a ceremony marking the official completion or opening of a public building, institution, monument, etc.
ded′i•cation•al, adj. 
  • Latin dēdicātiōn- (stem of dēdicātiō), equivalent. to dēdicāt(us) (see dedicate) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English dedicacioun 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dedication /ˌdɛdɪˈkeɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
  2. an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc, dedicating it to a person or thing
  3. complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc

ˌdediˈcational adj

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