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

Making retro game consoles is a fairly common use case for the Pi, so there are a few different operating system choices out there. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 About 25 years ago, long before Insomniac Games took part in bringing the hotter-than-ever Marvel Universe back to video game consoles, founder Ted Price had a vision for changing interactive entertainment. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "Insomniac Games celebrates the underdog with optimism, from ‘Ratchet and Clank’ to ‘Spider-Man’," 16 June 2018 These often-homemade programs allow people to play console games on their computers. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Will Microsoft Handle GitHub's Controversial Code?," 5 June 2018 The company continued to build new private APIs for device-makers through 2014, spreading user data through tens of millions of mobile devices, game consoles, televisions and other systems outside Facebook's direct control. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook gave device makers deep access to data on users and friends," 4 June 2018 The company continued to build new private APIs for device-makers through 2014, spreading user data through tens of millions of mobile devices, game consoles, televisions and other systems outside Facebook’s direct control. Michael Laforgia, The Seattle Times, "Facebook let phone makers get data trove on users and friends," 3 June 2018 Fortnite is the biggest free-to-play console game ever, according to research company SuperData. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Epic Games Will Provide $100,000,000 to Fund Prize Pools for Fortnite Competitions," 21 May 2018 The consumer goods and technology that the U.S. is most reliant on China to provide -- like toys, shoes, video game consoles, mobile phones and computers -- were all left off this list. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 4 Apr. 2018 At the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Loc Tran staffs the counter at the campus’s esports arena, a renovated rec room where, for $4 an hour, gamers can come in to play online and console games. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "Here comes the esports revolution – are video gamers the Tom Bradys of tomorrow?," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the locker room, the South Korean president tried to console a weeping Son, who scored in the final moments of the match. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "South Korea soccer fans set goal for World Cup star: No military service," 30 June 2018 But there’s something consoling about knowing that so many of us can relate to each other. Beth Kassab, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Loneliness comes with caregiving territory. But it doesn't have to.," 14 June 2018 Four years ago Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu consoled themselves after missing out on making the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team by eating cheeseburgers on Nagasu’s roof. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Star in DSW's New Summer Campaign," 20 June 2018 Feeney saw men and women in neon Ten Point Coalition vests bringing calm to a hectic crime scene and consoling neighbors wracked with grief. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Donald Trump, urban violence and the struggle for Ten Point Coalition’s soul," 20 May 2018 Five years later, Hotshot continues to console Ramey through each memorial. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Prescott, still healing, honors 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots five years later," 30 June 2018 When a grainy surveillance video of the crime scene was played, Gabby’s mother rocked sadly back and forth in her seat while the girl’s father consoled her. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "It's now up to the jury. Did a N.J. man kill a child during a bloody Camden gang war?," 20 June 2018 While Iran was thrilled with the result, forward Reza Ghoochannejhad took a moment to console his opponent after celebrating. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Iranian forward's heartfelt message for Moroccan player who scored devastating own goal," 15 June 2018 Dozens of neighbors showed up to pay their respects, light candles and console each other. New York Times, "‘Disgusted’ by Video of Fatal Stabbing of Teen, Callers Flood Police Tip Line," 24 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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