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dedication

An owner's gift of land,or an interest in land such as a right-of-way,for the public's use, coupled with the public's acceptance of the gift by making use of it.A dedication may be express,as when the owner specifically states an intention of dedicating land for a park.Alternatively,a dedication may be implied because of the owner's conduct and the reasonable conclusions to be drawn from that conduct.When one sees news stories about protestors attempting to block development of a valuable vacant lot previously kept clean and mowed by neighbors and used by children as a park, one is seeing an attempt to have a court declare that the owner made an implied dedication for the public use.

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Persons approach us, famous for their beauty, for their accomplishments, worthy of all wonder for their charms and gifts; they dedicate their whole skill to the hour and the company,--with very imperfect result.
This species of men, from the great severity with which they revenge the death of a hare or partridge, might be thought to cultivate the same superstition with the Bannians in India; many of whom, we are told, dedicate their whole lives to the preservation and protection of certain animals; was it not that our English Bannians, while they preserve them from other enemies, will most unmercifully slaughter whole horse-loads themselves; so that they stand clearly acquitted of any such heathenish superstition.
Bazzard has become acquainted with, who have also written tragedies, which likewise nobody will on any account whatever hear of bringing out, and these choice spirits dedicate their plays to one another in a highly panegyrical manner.