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Dedicate, vb. 1) to devote, to inscribe: in --ing my unpolished lines to your lordship, Ven. Dedic. H6A V, 4, 7 the love I d. to your lordship, Lucr. Dedic. H6A V, 4, 7 “all --d to closeness,” Tp. I, 2, 89. Meas. II, 2, 154. Ado II, 3, 9. H6B V, 2, 37. H8 I, 4, 2. Cymb. I, 6, 136. “the --d words which writers use of their fair subject, blessing every book,” Sonn. 82, 3 (== the dedicatory words).
2) to commit, to grant: “nor doth he d. one jot of colour unto the weary and all-watched night,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “what folly I commit, I d. to you,” Troil. III, 2, 110. “the bud bit with an envius worm, ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, or d. his beauty to the sun,” Rom. I, 1, 159. “his poor self, a --d beggar to the air,” Tim. IV, 2, 13 (== a beggar committed to the air). “to devour so many as will to greatness d. themselves,” Mcb. IV, 3, 75. “to the face of peril myself I'll d.” Cymb. V, 1, 29.
Partic. “dedicated:” Sonn. 82, 3. Tp. I, 2, 89. Tim. IV, 2, 13. “dedicate:” Meas. II, 2, 154. H6B V, 2, 37.
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