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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Items were found moved around and the center console was propped open; however the owner doesn't think anything was taken. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police urge residents to lock car doors after seven unlocked cars were rummaged through in Franklin," 29 Nov. 2019 That said, video games and consoles are among the hottest gifts for kids ages 11 to 15, and the most popular systems, including the Sega Genesis Mini and Nintendo Switch Lite, could sell out long before December 27. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Here's how December 27 beats Black Friday and Cyber Monday for electronics deals," 29 Nov. 2019 All Digital Edition 3 Game Bundle—$149 at Walmart (Save $100): Get a great price on this console bundle. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The best Black Friday deals you can get right now," 28 Nov. 2019 Target is rolling out tons of early Black Friday sales, including up to 50% off headphones, $100 off video game consoles and $50 off the Fitbit Versa 2. CNN Underscored, "Black Friday 2019: The best deals to start shopping now," 27 Nov. 2019 But Best Buy is beating the odds by successfully updating its business model to become less dependent on consumer electronics like games, and consoles. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Best Buy Stock Hits All-Time High on Strong Pre-Holiday Season Results," 26 Nov. 2019 During a search of his car, police found a .40 caliber Sig Sauer SP 2340 and a magazine containing 10 rounds between the driver seat and the center console. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge police blotter: Man charged after gun, loaded magazine found in car," 25 Nov. 2019 As an officer opened the rear door, the back-seat passenger pulled the door closed, then lunged toward the center console and attempted to put the car’s gear shift into the drive position. cleveland, "Man hits police K9 trying to apprehend him: Solon Police Blotter," 21 Nov. 2019 Users congregated on the Stadia forum on Reddit to report missing game codes and consoles that still haven’t shipped. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Google Stadia is not the cloud gaming future we were promised," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those friends and many others have gathered many times this week to console one another and work through the pain now that police have arrested another gym member for Tabares’s death. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, "Grieving friends struggle to understand slaying of woman, 21, in Coral Springs drive," 27 Nov. 2019 Friends and families found those in jerseys to thank and console their warriors. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central football's historic season ends in loss to Bloomington South in regionals," 16 Nov. 2019 Likewise, in the new film, Hanks leaves us not just consoled by Rogers but curious about what drove him. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Art of the Awkward Silence in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 15 Nov. 2019 Images of blood, burns, cuts and scarring may become, paradoxically, consoling. New York Times, "Getting a Handle on Self-Harm," 11 Nov. 2019 Microsoft, which has seen Xbox One hardware sales suffer on a relative basis, probably has more interest in using first-party titles (and even console hardware itself) as a kind of loss leader to attract more regular revenue through subscriptions. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony has a PlayStation Now problem," 8 Nov. 2019 Those who would like to console the family can also attend a gathering at the Maple Tree Cafe immediately following the service. courant.com, "John J. Kelly," 7 Nov. 2019 He was stopped by teammates and Verona players, who consoled the 29-year-old. Ravi Ubha, Gianluca Mezzofiore And George Ramsay, CNN, "Verona handed partial stadium ban over racist abuse towards Mario Balotelli," 5 Nov. 2019 Then quarterback Dylan McCaffrey stepped up from behind Bell and appeared to try and console Bell as well. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football rallies around Ronnie Bell after late TD drop at Penn State," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for console

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The first known use of console was in 1664

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Console.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/console?show=0&t=1406137007. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for console

console

noun
How to pronounce console (audio)

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
How to pronounce console (audio)

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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