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 console (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 After initially refusing a request from U.S. safety regulators, Tesla has now agreed to recall about 135,000 vehicles because the large touch screens on the console can go dark. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Tesla to fix touch screens, ending spat with US regulators," 2 Feb. 2021 After initially refusing a request from U.S. safety regulators, Tesla has now agreed to recall about 135,000 vehicles because the large touch screens on the console can go dark. Tom Krisher, ajc, "Tesla to fix touch screens, ending spat with US regulators," 2 Feb. 2021 According to pre-release testing from Ars' own Sam Machkovech, those apps even load faster on the upcoming console. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Clearing up which media apps will be available on PS5 at launch [Updated]," 22 Oct. 2020 Now Gaccione turned to a second console, this one loaded with a program called Valcri. Arthur Holland Michel, Wired, "There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain," 4 Feb. 2021 The hood, front splitter, mirror housings, and rear diffuser and splitter are made from carbon fiber, there are carbon-fiber front seats, two rear bucket seats rather than three-person bench, and a center console without extra storage. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "627-HP 2022 BMW M5 CS Will Be the Ultimate M5 (for Now)," 26 Jan. 2021 While importing a 200-year-old marble console may not be to everyone's taste (not to mention budget), Regency-style accessories in particular are booming. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, "How Bridgerton's Popularity Led Us to Regencycore," 23 Jan. 2021 The chair features a tray to hold a console or a laptop, as well as cubbies built into the armrest to hold peripherals. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Razer is bringing RGB to N95 masks, because why not?," 12 Jan. 2021 Telephone operators Mary Barden, left, and Elaine Mobley practice handling long-distance calls at a training console similar to those Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. planned to install in the Twin Cities area by 1973. Matt Delong, Star Tribune, "TALKERS011121," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the midst of a .999 OPS, 13-homer, two-month stint in Iowa, Kirilloff went 0-for-3 and hit into a double play, Gardenhire said, and the manager was prepared to console him. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Heading into spring training, Twins have an outfield opening for sweet-swinging Alex Kirilloff," 20 Feb. 2021 Humphrey Bogart was also telling Ingrid Bergman to leave him, stay with her husband, and console herself with memories of the city of their love. New York Times, "Paris, Shuttered, Must Be Imagined," 30 Jan. 2021 Chip’s son, Kasen, was one of the first to console his father after the game. Alexis Cubit, USA TODAY, "A winning legacy: Shallowater’s Chuck Darden shares love of coaching with sons," 31 Dec. 2020 The boy then began to cry as his mother walked over to console him. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Nope': Boy reduced to tears after anti-gun Santa turns down request for toy Nerf gun," 7 Dec. 2020 Seizing a thoroughly atypical moment to console audiences with reminders of normality is on the minds of many singers these days. Washington Post, "Josh Groban can’t sing in concert halls now, so he’s been singing in the shower. Next up: His first holiday special, streamed.," 2 Dec. 2020 Gregory McMichael can be seen trying to console his son, who’s pacing back and forth. Russ Bynum, USA TODAY, "'He's still breathing': New body camera footage shows moments after Ahmaud Arbery shooting," 17 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, religious leaders took advantage of the opportunity to ingeniously unite and console their parishioners, wrote Casey Pfeiffer, a historian with the Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "For churchgoers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a deadly lesson from the 1918 flu," 3 Dec. 2020 One of them, 5th District Captain Frank Young, put his arm around a relative to console her as crime scene technicians took pictures. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Church trustee and stepson killed in household altercation on Thanksgiving, relatives say," 26 Nov. 2020

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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 2021

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“Console.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/console. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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