console

noun
con·​sole | \ ˈkän-ˌsōl How to pronounce console (audio) \

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 How to pronounce console (audio) \
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 \ kən-​ˈsō-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce consolingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for console

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 There's a conventional gearstick that pokes up from the center console. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid isn’t exciting, but it is quite frugal," 15 Jan. 2020 Whatever their age, gamers have plenty of gift options this year, from consoles for beginners to accessories that can help e-sports hopefuls level up—along with addictive, new titles for all. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Gift Guide: Winning Presents for the Video Gamers on Your List," 5 Dec. 2019 Approximately $25 was stolen Nov. 17 from the center console of an unlocked 2016 Honda parked in the 2500 block of Ernst Street. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Franklin Park, Northlake police: Jewelry heist, five iPhones, two Apple watches stolen," 21 Nov. 2019 Then, turning swiftly from the console to the club, Skrillex rejoined his Dog Blood partner Boys Noize for the raucous Turn Off The Lights EP. Jack Tregoning, Billboard, "From Mariah Carey to Ty Dolla $ign, These Are the Top 10 Recent Skrillex Collaborations," 28 Oct. 2019 From the Wii motion console to Leap Motion, these devices aim to erase the boundary between our bodies and our information. Vanessa Chang, WIRED, "How Phone Taps and Swipes Train Us to Be Better Consumers," 10 July 2019 Those who were so inclined could also swipe buttons or dials from the console as mementos. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Restored Apollo Mission Control Center Brings the Moon Landing Era to Life," 3 July 2019 Stolen or lost gun report, Emery Road: A resident, 33, reported June 11 that a loaded 9mm Springfield XDS, valued at $450 -- not counting the holster -- had been stolen from the armrest console of his unlocked Kia. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Burning car explodes in yard; house saved: Orange Police Blotter," 12 June 2019 The companies, which make products involved in everything from videogame consoles to smartphones, are a key barometer for the global economy. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Stock Market’s Next Hurdle: Tech and Industrial Earnings," 22 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Within minutes, Shanahan was in Beathard’s room, consoling him. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "C.J. Beathard leans on 49ers family as he copes with brother's death: 'Toughest month of my life'," 30 Jan. 2020 Instead of consoling me, Granny whipped me with an extension cord. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Woman’s Search for Salvation, Love, and Family," 14 June 2018 Yes, the Sweetener World Tour has come to an end, but leave it to Ari to know exactly how to console us: Grande dropped a live album from the tour, appropriately titled k bye for now (swt live). Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Just Dropped a Live Album to Mark the End of the Sweetener World Tour," 23 Dec. 2019 Several teammates put their arms around him to console him. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Male falls to Trinity in Class 6A state title game, its first loss in over a year," 8 Dec. 2019 Investors will have to console themselves that Novartis is big enough to absorb the cost of failure if things go awry. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "This Biotech Deal Is a $10 Billion Leap of Faith," 25 Nov. 2019 Zack Britton put his arm around Tommy Kahnle to console him. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Are Left to Wonder How to Clear That Final Hurdle," 20 Oct. 2019 After the traditional handshake/hug at the net, Osaka came to Gauff’s side of the court to console her. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open: Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff showed that women’s game is in good hands," 2 Sep. 2019 Pleasant remembers his teammates, and Kelly, coming up to him after the game, consoling him. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: A pleasant truth emerges in Oregon-Auburn ‘Was Michael Dyer down?’ saga," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of console was in 1664

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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Console.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/console. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for console

console

noun
How to pronounce console (audio)

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
How to pronounce console (audio)

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 How to pronounce console (audio) \
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 How to pronounce console (audio) \

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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