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


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.

Other Words from console


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other events include performances from improv comedy troupe Penguin Knife Fight, virtual reality and console gaming exhibits, an escape room and an Easter egg hunt. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2022 Not all games available on Steam play perfectly on Valve’s new console. Saira Mueller, Wired, 27 Feb. 2022 Tag Heuer is making its smartwatches even smarter, with a longer battery life, twice the data transfer speed, a new charger display console and a better screen with a higher contrast ratio and improved color definition. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2022 How to set up the new video game console:Get a new PS5, Xbox or Nintendo Switch for your kids? Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 26 Dec. 2021 While console gaming is still largely a niche market, the vast majority of consumers use a mobile device running Android or iOS every day. Tyler Gallagher, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2021 And Target will also stock the brand new Nintendo Switch OLED console. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 Nov. 2021 Atari's back with a new console, the Atari VCS, that feeds up retro and remastered retro games, as well as acting as a full-fledged computer system. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The original organ was upgraded to a new electronic console in 1990. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But despite the staff’s best effort, Ms. Kanbar’s 2-year-old son started to cry and then wail as the registration went on, which in turn caused his older sister to join in before the staff could bring cookies to to console them. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Minutes after the shooting, a third deputy starts to console Davis while still at the scene. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 2 Apr. 2022 Wolverines coach Juwan Howard was there to console the Vols. Chris Thomas, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 Dockery hugged Ogborn and tried to console her, and Jason Bradley, 27, a cook who Summers at one point called in to watch Ogborn, refused to go along with the caller's instructions to remove her apron and describe her. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 In the series’ final episode, Kitty Dukakis appears as herself to console Buckley about the scandal and ask if Tanner will endorse Michael, who had by then won the nomination. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Engstler fouled out with 4:56 to go and had her head buried in her clenched hands on the bench as her teammates tried to console her. Dave Campbell, ajc, 2 Apr. 2022 Turner’s father, Frank Turner, shook his head as the family attempted to console Powell. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 He is easily distracted, overwhelmed and hard to console; Ms. Wiley sometimes has to explain his behavior to strangers in public. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of console


1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for console




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

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“Console.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for console


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


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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