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consecrate

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adjective con·se·crate \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt\

Definition of consecrate

  1. :  dedicated to a sacred purpose



Examples of consecrate

  1. <the consecrate gold tablets which Joseph Smith claimed to have found>



14th Century

First Known Use of consecrate

14th century

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consecrate

verb con·se·crate

Simple Definition of consecrate

  • : to officially make (something, such as a place or building) holy through a special religious ceremony

  • : to officially make (someone) a priest, bishop, etc., through a special religious ceremony

Full Definition of consecrate

consecrat·edconsecrat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially :  to ordain to the office of bishop

  3. 2 a :  to make or declare sacred; especially :  to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony b :  to effect the liturgical transubstantiation of (eucharistic bread and wine) c :  to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication

  4. 3 :  to make inviolable or venerable <principles consecrated by the weight of history>

con·se·cra·tive play \-ˌkrā-tiv\ adjective
con·se·cra·tor play \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun
con·se·cra·to·ry play \ˈkän(t)-si-krə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˌkrā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of consecrate

  1. <a philanthropist who consecrated his considerable fortune to an array of charitable causes>

  2. <plans to consecrate the altar in the new church with great ceremony>



Origin of consecrate

Middle English, from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare, from com- + sacrare to consecrate — more at sacred


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of consecrate

devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective <devoted his evenings to study>. dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose <dedicated her life to medical research>. consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality <consecrate a church to the worship of God>. hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity <battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots>.

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