Pronunciation: (ded"i-kā'shun), [key]
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.
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