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

To be sure, Microsoft has been making hardware for decades—keyboards, mice, web cameras, Xbox consoles. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 Games Done Quick has hosted a few of these before, where one controller's output is fed into two consoles simultaneously, which is already a crazy enough feat to juggle. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The best, craziest speedruns from this year’s Summer Games Done Quick," 4 July 2018 There are storage areas for bottles and other items in all four side doors, and a second-row center console on some models to hold mobile devices and other valuables. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 For decades, the wall between PC and console has been a stark divide in gaming. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Might Add Mouse and Keyboard Support to the Xbox," 26 June 2018 The majority of growth from April to May for the title came from console versions, with PC and mobile numbers remaining flat. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fortnite' Soars With $318M in May Revenue," 26 June 2018 These latest consoles were installed Tuesday, June 19. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "‘Oregon Trail’ as art, computer classic returns as custom arcade game," 19 June 2018 That’ll be doubly true with the Dec. 7 release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a brand new Smash game built specifically for Nintendo’s latest console. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "7 Games Revealed at E3 2018 That We Can't Wait to Play," 14 June 2018 Nearly $2,000 in cash was also found along with cellphones and marijuana stored in a jar in the center console, Mascher said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Man arrested while driving with 180 pounds of marijuana — and his 5-year-old child," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Always the first on social media to praise or console his team-mates. SI.com, "Liverpool Goalkeeper Set for Talks With Manager Jurgen Klopp to Discuss Anfield Future," 30 June 2018 Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about 2 years old, Kraft said. Nomaan Merchant, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant children held in fenced pens at border facility," 19 June 2018 Photos surfaced of Cook, sobbing in the visitors’ locker room at Quicken Loans Arena, as Andre Iguodala consoled him. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Quinn Cook: How Warriors guard found his niche in NBA," 29 June 2018 Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about 2 years old, Kraft said. Nomaan Merchant, BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant children held in fenced pens at border facility," 19 June 2018 So the next time a friend or loved one is going through something similar, heed the words of Babe Laufenberg on how to console them. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Cowboys' radio voice opens up about son's fight against cancer," 18 June 2018 According to Davidson, the final straw came when a shelter worker told him to stop three distraught Brazilian siblings from consoling each other. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Ex-Shelter Worker Says New Staffers Received Just 1 Week of Training to Work With Traumatized Migrant Children," 18 June 2018 Staff members tried to console the child, who looked to be about 2 years old, Kraft said. CBS News, "Inside look at Border Patrol facility in Texas housing hundreds of children," 17 June 2018 Albadawi walked toward his teammates, where Matt Bahner consoled him. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's 2018 U.S. Open Cup shootout couldn't replicate its 2017 'Cupset'," 7 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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