What does the word dedicate mean?

Usage examples for dedicate

  1. " Please, Mr. Goodloe, don't be serious in saying as you did last night that you are not going to dedicate your chapel until I- I help you," in all gentleness I said. – The Heart's Kingdom by Maria Thompson Daviess
  2. Dedicate yourself to the art which would be much more profitable to you than cleaning boots, and holding nags in the plaza. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés