con·​se·​crate | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt How to pronounce consecrate (audio) \

Definition of consecrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: dedicated to a sacred purpose


consecrated; consecrating

Definition of consecrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite especially : to ordain to the office of bishop
2a : to make or declare sacred especially : to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony consecrate a church
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
3 : to make inviolable or venerable principles consecrated by the weight of history

Other Words from consecrate


consecrative \ ˈkän(t)-​sə-​ˌkrā-​tiv How to pronounce consecrate (audio) \ adjective
consecrator \ ˈkän(t)-​sə-​ˌkrā-​tər How to pronounce consecrate (audio) \ noun
consecratory \ ˈkän(t)-​si-​krə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce consecrate (audio) , -​ˌkrā-​tə-​rē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for consecrate

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Examples of consecrate in a Sentence

Adjective the consecrate gold tablets which Joseph Smith claimed to have found Verb a philanthropist who consecrated his considerable fortune to an array of charitable causes plans to consecrate the altar in the new church with great ceremony
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stories about soldiers finding ways to consecrate and celebrate their vows resonated with the team. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Cascading from the table’s edge is a manumission document releasing a family named Moore from chattel slavery as burning incense and a nearby plate of water quietly consecrate the sober scene. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The museum would help consecrate Kenya’s place as both the ancient cradle of humankind and a leader in current wildlife-conservation efforts. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 11 Jan. 2022 Let his countrymen consecrate the memory of the heroic general, the patriotic statesman, and the virtuous sage. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 21 Feb. 2022 In many cultures throughout history, people have stacked stones to mark paths, to consecrate sacred places or as meditative acts. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 An epiclesis is a prayer calling on the Holy Spirit to consecrate the bread and wine used in the Eucharist. al, 7 Aug. 2021 An epiclesis is a prayer calling on the Holy Spirit to consecrate the bread and wine used in the Eucharist. al, 7 Aug. 2021 This was a phalanx of protection, a way to consecrate and protect the place he was raised. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of consecrate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consecrate

Verb and Adjective

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

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More Definitions for consecrate


con·​se·​crate | \ ˈkän-sə-ˌkrāt How to pronounce consecrate (audio) \
consecrated; consecrating

Kids Definition of consecrate

: to declare to be sacred or holy : set apart for a sacred purpose consecrate a church

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