[n] the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
[n] complete and wholehearted fidelity
[n] a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
[n] a message that makes a pledge
[n] a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
allegiance - (3 syllables), commitment - (3 syllables), commitment - (3 syllables), inscription - (3 syllables), loyalty - (3 syllables)
affirmation, assurance, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, communalism, consecration, content, cooperation, devotion, faith, faithfulness, fidelity, message, oath, observance, pledge, promise, rededication, subject matter, substance, swearing
\Ded`i*ca"tion\, n. [L. dedicatio.]
1. The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple.
2. A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use.
3. An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor.