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consecrate

adjective con·se·crate \ ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of consecrate

: dedicated to a sacred purpose

Examples of consecrate in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of consecrate

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consecrate

verb

Definition of consecrate

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

consecrative

play \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrā-tiv\ adjective

consecrator

play \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrā-tər\ noun

consecratory

play \ˈkän(t)-si-krə-ˌtȯr-ē, -ˌkrā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of consecrate in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of consecrate

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

consecrate Synonyms

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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CONSECRATE Defined for English Language Learners

consecrate

verb

Definition of consecrate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONSECRATE Defined for Kids

consecrate

verb con·se·crate \ ˈkän-sə-ˌkrāt \

Definition of consecrate for Students

consecrated; consecrating
: to declare to be sacred or holy : set apart for a sacred purpose
  • consecrate a church


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