Dedication


September 26, 2021 
 
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WORD OF THE DAY
September 26, 2021
 
 
 
 

dedication Audio pronunciation

 
noun | ded-ih-KAY-shun
 
What It Means
 
Dedication means “devotion or loyalty to a person or cause.”
 
// With great dedication, the scientists worked to perfect the vaccine.
 
// At his retirement party, his boss said a few words about Tom’s dedication and commitment to the company.
 
 
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Examples of DEDICATION
 
“President Steven Eggland, PhD, named the foundation in honor of his Norwegian immigrant heritage and the family’s longtime dedication to charitable acts and modest philanthropy.” — The Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, 26 Aug. 2021
 
 
Did You Know?
 
Dedication goes back to the 14th century in which it referred to the solemn act of dedicating something, such as a calendar day or a church, to a deity or to a sacred use. Centuries later, it came to be used for the act of devoting time and energy to a particular purpose. Nowadays, dedication commonly indicates the quality of being loyal or devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose.
 
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Fill in the blanks to complete a word for respect that is inspired by the dedication of a person: v _ _ _ r _ t _ _ _.
 
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