console

noun
con·​sole | \ ˈkän-ˌsōl \

Definition of console

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an architectural member projecting from a wall to form a bracket or from a keystone for ornament
3a : an upright case that houses the keyboards and controlling mechanisms of an organ and from which the organ is played
b : a combination of readouts or displays and an input device (such as a keyboard or switches) by which an operator can monitor and interact with a system (such as a computer or dubber)
4a : a cabinet (as for a radio or television set) designed to rest directly on the floor
b : a small storage cabinet between bucket seats in an automobile
5 : an electronic system that connects to a display (such as a television set) and is used primarily to play video games

console

verb
con·​sole | \ kən-ˈsōl \
consoled; consoling

Definition of console (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to alleviate the grief, sense of loss, or trouble of : comfort console a widow I consoled myself with the thought that things could be much worse.

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Other Words from console

Verb

consoler noun, plural consolers
He was a tactful consoler and capable of great generosity to people in trouble. — Ferdinand Mount
consolingly \ -​ˈsō-​liŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for console

Synonyms: Noun

buffet, cabinet, closet, cupboard, hutch, locker, press, sideboard

Synonyms: Verb

assure, cheer, comfort, reassure, solace, soothe

Antonyms: Verb

distress, torment, torture, trouble

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Examples of console in a Sentence

Noun

a custom-built walnut console holds all of their home-theater components

Verb

Nothing could console her after his death. the military officer who must console the bereaved at a soldier's funeral
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The game is the fourth in the Shantae series, and the first developed specifically for PCs and consoles like the Nintendo Switch. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Loves Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, But What Exactly Is It?," 21 Dec. 2018 Perhaps Halo Infinite, which is coming to both Windows 10 gaming PCs and Xbox One consoles, will offer cross-platform keyboard and mouse multiplayer. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer teases first Xbox One mouse and keyboard," 17 Dec. 2018 That is critical to attracting players who don’t want to shell out for fancy PCs or consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Wall Street investors and analysts say. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Tricky—but Potentially Lucrative—Task of Streaming Videogames," 8 Nov. 2018 Arctis 5 for $87 (Was $100) - Arctis 5 is a great wired headset for PC or consoles like PS4 and Xbox. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Our Favorite Gaming Headsets, Plus 10 Other Tech Deals," 30 June 2018 Over 400 million PC and console players use AMD’s Radeon technology; over ten times as many use Vega GPUs, said Lisa Su, the president and chief executive of AMD, comparing to the company’s previous-generation GPUs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD tops Intel with its 32-core Threadripper 2, which will ship this year," 5 June 2018 Beyond the expansion into Android, mobile versions of Fortnite will soon add voice chat, something that has been exclusive to PC and console players previously. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Coming to Android This Summer," 18 May 2018 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Switch Luigi’s spooky spinoff is back, bringing the series back to consoles for the first time since the original GameCube game. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Some of those games came to consoles as well, and Microsoft’s undoubtedly looking to bolster its Xbox lineup with InXile and Obsidian titles. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile," 10 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In China, where consoles were notably banned for fifteen years until 2015, much of the population still isn’t accustomed to console gaming and prefers mobile or PC games instead. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "PUBG mobile has as many players as Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Right at that moment, FP hops through the window all casual-like to console a panicked Alice, and Betty is suspicious! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Has Some Very Bad News for Varchie Fans," 29 Nov. 2018 They are forbidden from speaking their native languages, and government employees are prevented from hugging or consoling them. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 The letter was sent not by Gilad but by Abramovitz's girlfriend, a flute student at McGill who had spent night after night consoling him about the rejection, Abramovitz said. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Clarinetist discovers his ex-girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school," 15 June 2018 In the meantime, console yourself and shop these similar red outerwear selections. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Twitter Loved Nancy Pelosi's Max Mara Coat So Much, It's Coming Back to Stores," 13 Dec. 2018 But while Ed can console himself after any particularly taxing fan encounters with his Grammys, his fortune, or his place in Taylor Swift's squad, one of his doppelgängers, Wesley Byrne, isn't so lucky. Molly Horan, Teen Vogue, "Ed Sheeran's Latest Doppelgänger Gets in Trouble for Looking Like Him," 9 Jan. 2018 My friend consoled me but didn't let me off the hook. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 The letter was sent not by Gilad but by Abramovitz’s girlfriend, a flute student at McGill who had spent night after night consoling him about the rejection, Abramovitz said. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Clarinetist discovers his ex-girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of console

Noun

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for console

Noun

French

Verb

French consoler, from Latin consolari, from com- + solari to console

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More Definitions for console

console

noun

English Language Learners Definition of console

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat surface that contains the controls for a machine, for a piece of electrical equipment, etc.

: a cabinet for a stereo or television that stands on the floor

console

verb

English Language Learners Definition of console (Entry 2 of 2)

: to try to make (someone) feel less sadness or disappointment

console

verb
con·​sole | \ kən-ˈsōl \
consoled; consoling

Kids Definition of console

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to comfort in a time of grief or distress

console

noun
con·​sole | \ ˈkän-ˌsōl \

Kids Definition of console (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a panel on which are dials and switches for controlling an electronic or mechanical device
2 : an electronic system that connects to a display (as a TV) and is used to play video games
3 : a cabinet (as for a television) that stands on the floor
4 : the part of an organ at which the organist sits and which contains the keyboard and controls

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