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

While home consoles were still rather primitive, who doesn't remember playing the X-Men arcade title on that huge six-person cabinet? Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 The console itself has the same design as the original Nintendo Entertainment System, but is a miniature version that can be plugged into televisions via an HDMI port. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Nintendo's NES Classic Edition Is Making a Comeback," 14 May 2018 The new truck offers 12 color choices and 15 new wheels; the center stack is higher and closer to the driver; the center console has five USB ports; the upper glove box can act as a shelf; and, to ease storage, inside, there's a flat-load floor. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Ram 1500 has 12-inch touchscreen, hybrid technology," 15 Jan. 2018 The new truck offers 12 color choices and 15 new wheels; the center stack is higher and closer to the driver; the center console has five USB ports; the upper glove box can act as a shelf; and, to ease storage, inside, there's a flat-load floor. Eric D. Lawrence, USA TODAY, "New Ram pickup sheds weights, tows more and saves fuel," 15 Jan. 2018 The Ultra Game Boy won't change the classic gameplay experience, and the console itself is very similar to the original, although it's made with aluminum, Gizmodo reports. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "The Game Boy Is Coming Back to Help You Relive the '90s (Sort Of)," 10 Jan. 2018 That’s despite the popularity of its latest gaming console, Switch. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Japan Inc.’s Reforms Could Reboot Nintendo," 26 Feb. 2019 The subscription option is cheaper than the usual separate purchase of a console and both online services. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft launches monthly Xbox subscription fee to buy new consoles," 27 Aug. 2018 Perched in front of a Sony television was a brand-new white Sonos Beam on an entertainment console. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Sonos's New Soundbar Points to a Voice-Enabled Future," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the students are seen embracing and consoling one another as the call comes to an end. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Students mourn loss of Taco Bell on Georgia Tech campus, organize military-style send-off," 7 May 2018 A few hours later, Hailey was seen crying in a restaurant while Justin tried to console her, according to People. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Finally Got a Hair Cut With Hailey Baldwin By His Side," 9 Aug. 2018 In the sneak peek photos, David is pinned behind a car, with only Kensi to console him. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Hints Kensi's Life Will 'Change' in a Seriously Emotional Preview," 13 Jan. 2019 Critics often point to Victoria's seemingly all-consuming affection for Albert and her laments that their children failed to console her in his absence. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 Turner, 22, was seen cradling her head as Jonas consoled her. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "'Games of Thrones' star Sophie Turner reveals why she was seen crying while out with Joe Jonas," 17 Aug. 2018 After his last kick sailed off course, Gonzalez sat alone hanging his head while sitting on the Browns’ bench before being consoled by Saints kicker Wil Lutz. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Kicked aside: Browns try out kickers to replace Gonzalez," 17 Sep. 2018 Who among us hasn't consoled a friend who was ghosted by saying that her crush is potentially a serial killer? Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "We Showed 'You've Got Mail' to Our Gen-Z Coworkers and Now Feel Very Old," 1 Aug. 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, courant.com, "Musician Discovers Ex-Girlfriend Faked Rejection Letter From His Dream School," 15 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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The first known use of console was in 1664

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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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