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dĭco , āvi, ātum, 1 (dixe for dixisse, Val. Ant. ap. Arn. 5, 1; DICASSIT dixerit, Paul. ex Fest. p. 75, 15; rather = dicaverit), v. a. orig. the same word with 2. dīco; cf. the meaning of abdĭco and abdīco, of indĭco and indīco, dedĭco, no. II. A. al., Corss. Ausspr. 1, 380.
I. To proclaim, make known. So perh. only in the foll. passage: pugnam, Lucil. ap. Non. 287, 30.—Far more freq.,
II. Relig. t. t., to dedicate, consecrate, devote any thing to a deity or to a deified person (for syn. cf.: dedico, consecro, inauguro).
A. Prop.: et me dicabo atque animam devotabo hostibus, Att. ap. Non. 98, 12: “donum tibi (sc. Jovi) dicatum atque promissum,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 72; cf.: “ara condita atque dicata,Liv. 1, 7 (for which aram condidit dedicavitque, id. 28, 46 fin.); so, “aram,id. 1, 7; 1, 20: “capitolium, templum Jovis O. M.,id. 22, 38 fin.: “templa,Ov. F. 1, 610: “delubrum ex manubiis,Plin. 7, 26, 27, § 97: “lychnuchum Apollini,id. 34, 3, 8, § 14: “statuas Olympiae,id. 34, 4, 9, § 16: “vehiculum,Tac. G. 40: “carmen Veneri,Plin. 37, 10, 66, § 178; cf. Suet. Ner. 10 fin. et saep.: “cygni Apollini dicati,Cic. Tusc. 1, 30, 73.—
2. With a personal object, to consecrate, to deify (cf. dedico, no. II. A. b.): “Janus geminus a Numa dicatus,Plin. 34, 7, 16, § 34: “inter numina dicatus Augustus,Tac. A. 1, 59.—
B. Transf., beyond the relig. sphere.
1. To give up, set apart, appropriate a thing to any one: recita; “aurium operam tibi dico,Plaut. Bacch. 4, 9, 72; so, “operam,id. Ps. 1, 5, 147; Ter. Ph. 1, 2, 12: “hunc totum diem tibi,Cic. Leg. 2, 3, 7: “tuum studium meae laudi,id. Fam. 2, 6, 4: “genus (orationis) epidicticum gymnasiis et palaestrae,id. Or. 13, 42: “librum Maecenati,Plin. 19, 10, 57, § 177; cf.: “librum laudibus ptisanae,id. 18, 7, 15, § 75 al.: “(Deïopeam) conubio jungam stabili propriamque dicabo,Verg. A. 1, 73; cf. the same verse, ib. 4, 126: “se Crasso,Cic. de Or. 3, 3, 11; cf.: se Remis in clientelam, * Caes. B. G. 6, 12, 7: “se alii civitati,to become a free denizen of it, Cic. Balb. 11, 28; “for which: se in aliam civitatem,id. ib. 12 fin.—*
2. (I. q. dedico, no. II. A.) To consecrate a thing by using it for the first time: “nova signa novamque aquilam,Tac. H. 5, 16.— Hence, dĭcātus , a, um, P. a. (acc. to no. II.), devoted, consecrated, dedicated: “loca Christo dedicatissima, August. Civ. Dei, 3, 31: CONSTANTINO AETERNO AVGVSTO ARRIVS DIOTIMVS ... N. M. Q. (i. e. numini majestatique) EIVS DICATISSIMVS,Inscr. Orell. 1083.
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