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dedicate (someone or something) to (someone or something)

1. To devote oneself to a particular course of action. Once I had recovered from my injury, I dedicated myself to training for the marathon again.
2. To allocate someone or something to a particular cause. Luckily, Carrie dedicated these interns to us, so the mailing shouldn't take all day.
3. To show one's affection for someone by naming them, as at the beginning of a book. Of course I dedicated my novel to wife, to show my appreciation for her unwavering support.
4. To commit or pledge something to a religious entity or intention. Our church recently dedicated a beautiful shrine to Mary.
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dedicate someone or something to someone or something

1. to reserve someone or something for the use of someone or something. The manager dedicated new assistants to the exclusive use of the legal department. The committee dedicated a corner in the library to books on agriculture.
2. to pledge someone or something to someone, something, a deity, or religious purposes. The elders dedicated the building to the glory of God. He dedicated himself to the prosecution of justice.
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dedicate to

1. To address or inscribe something to someone as a mark of respect or affection: The author dedicated the book to her nephew. This monument is dedicated to prisoners of war.
2. To set something apart for some deity or for religious use; consecrate something: The parish dedicated the new church to St. Peter. The temple was dedicated to Ra, the Egyptian sun god.
3. To set something apart for some special use: The convention organizers have dedicated this table to publishers who want to sell their books. This lane of traffic is dedicated to city buses.
4. To commit someone to some course of thought or action: The candidate dedicated herself to fixing social security. The mayor is dedicated to lowering taxes.
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Since Raubitschek's publication of DAA 217, it has been generally accepted that the dedicator Onesimos, son of Smikythos, is identical to the red-figure cup painter Onesimos because few other examples of the name Onesimos can be found in Athens before the Roman period.
67) On the Late Archaic pillar base DAA 258, however, the letter cutter first carved the initial letter epsilon to spell the name of the female dedicator [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] without an initial consonantal heta (psilosis).
While recognizing that remains of only nine letters situated in two separate lines are available for interpretation and that other possible combinations exist, we would like to propose that in these exiguous traces we have fragments of no fewer than four essential components of a basic type of Greek inscription: name of a deity, name of a dedicator, pronoun of the object offered, and verb recording the dedication.
but Rudolf Wachter provides an example with the word-order deity, dedicator, pronoun, and verb-of-dedication.
All the names of the dedicators are Roman, yet two had peregrini fathers, one Semitic the other Greek, and almost all male dedicators were political and religious public officials.
The dedicators at that time wanted to extend his stay in power especially when he used to see the kind of support BB had.
Lactantius' irony implicitly affirms that the (male) sculptors and dedicators ought to be both socially and ontologically 'higher' than the female figures here envisioned either as girls at play or as maidens taking part in a sexual or procreative ritual .
Nuovo and Coppens also forewarn the reader that they don't address the issues of book illustration and dedications and dedicators and advise that these topics are thus ripe for study.
Drawing on 2,300 known bases from nearly 800 sites, he looks at the geographical distribution, statues dedicated before and after a reign, occasions for statue erections, and dedicators.
30) The delightfully named M Tourtoulon is also among the dedicators of books to Aubanel, inscribing Iris Renaissance de la Litterature Catalane et de la Litterature Provencale (Toulouse: Typ.
But while the dedicators of the History decried "the artifice and malice of wicked and self-designing Whigs,"(28) Defoe's targets are, of course, the High Church Tories, whom he compares to Milton's caballing devils (12:20-21).
It probably contained the names of the dedicators in the pentameter and started the hexameter with the name of the deity represented.
But while the dedicators of the History decried "the artifice and malice of wicked and self-designing Whigs," (28) Defoe's targets are, of course, the High Church Tories, whom he compares to Milton's caballing devils (12:20-21).
36) There can be little doubt that the dedicators of this altar were, or included, legion XX, perhaps combined with legion VI.