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

The consoles and beefy PCs required to run modern games cost several hundred dollars. The Economist, "Video gaming enters the cloud," 15 June 2019 The driver’s door made the first impact, and the wreck pinned the driver between the driver’s door, the dashboard, center console and passenger seat, Burris said. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Driver cut free, airlifted to hospital after car slams into pole," 11 June 2019 After being revealed as a character in the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077, actor Keanu Reeves took the stage at Xbox's E3 2019 press conference to confirm the game's PC and console release date: April 16, 2020. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077’s April 2020 release date confirmed by, uh, Keanu Reeves," 9 June 2019 For the first decades of the gaming console and PC boom, games were released in static form by sheer necessity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Stadia' Is the Latest Attack in the War on Games You Can Actually Own," 19 Mar. 2019 Today, mobile games and consoles have taken a share of the gaming market. Phil Edwards, Vox, "Why gamers use WASD to move," 18 Oct. 2018 Todd Kocian said Monday night that Frost found all of his championship rings, the gaming console and one Central Florida football helmet. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Some items found after theft from Nebraska coach’s home," 30 July 2018 One video shows the woman walking up to a treadmill with a dumbbell and smashing the console and screen of the machine. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "She asked to use the gym but wasn't a member. Then the destruction began, video shows," 11 June 2018 The suspect reportedly went through the car’s console and stole loose change. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Woman steals dog food, pooper scooper from store: Morton Grove police," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Delete the message on the PS mobile app, go into Safe Mode, use Option 5, console back to normal. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Sony fixes PlayStation 4 bug that allowed message to crash consoles," 16 Oct. 2018 But Melville finds no role, consoling or otherwise, for religion in his novella, and the despairing futility at its heart was unprecedented in American literature of the time. James Gardner, WSJ, "Debilitated, But Infinitely Human," 31 Aug. 2018 Every player in the Gonzaga locker room was sullen after the game, but the hardest to console was senior Josh Perkins. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Texas Tech shows Gonzaga that defense wins Final Four spots," 30 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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