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 driver area is functional with a variety of small-storage areas and two charging USBs in the center armrest box and a convenient place to lay a phone on the shifter console. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019 On his right, red and green lights on the central power console glowed reassuringly. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 The officer reportedly noticed a prescription bottle for amphetamine salts on the center console and requested permission to search the vehicle. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Riding mowers reported stolen from Friendswood barn," 20 June 2019 The multiplayer board game is now available on the Nintendo console for $19.99, which includes the original board and the Seafarers Expansion. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Catan is now available on the Nintendo Switch," 20 June 2019 Already the smartphone is the most common device used to play games (60% of players compared with 49% on a console), according to the ESA. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "E3 2019: Is the video game industry ready for pop-culture saturation?," 10 June 2019 Farrow’s Cream on the ceiling, Pigeon on the walls, and Blue Gray on the wainscoting—and furnished with a vintage Pierre Jeanneret chair and a contemporary Liaigre console. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "ELLE Decor Celebrates 30 Years with a Stunning New York City Residence," 4 Sep. 2019 Microsoft’s head of Xbox and gaming, Phil Spencer, has confirmed the company isn’t working on a streaming-only console. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s Xbox chief says no plans for streaming-only console," 16 Aug. 2019 It can be ordered with a three-seat bench or two captain’s chairs with a broad center console. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His brother, Jawad Jawed, 25, tried to console him. David Zucchino, New York Times, "Afghans Glad Trump Stopped Taliban Talks, Even if They Doubt His Explanation," 9 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of people gathered at a local university in the Permian Basin region known for its oil industry Sunday evening for a prayer vigil to console each other and grieve the loss of life. Anchorage Daily News, "FBI: West Texas gunman ‘was on a long spiral of going down’," 2 Sep. 2019 When his wife died in April 2005, Canel was consoled with walks throughout the neighborhood and his connection to people inside the eight-unit bungalow court. Los Angeles Times, "Seniors facing eviction fear homelessness and isolation as California’s housing crisis rolls on," 29 Aug. 2019 Angel Zuniga Martinez, director of scouting relations and communications, has seen many girls at family nights crying in the back of the room, being consoled by their parents, because they weren’t allowed to sign up. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio girls, aiming for Eagle Scout, break the gender barrier at camp," 30 July 2019 Usman Afzali, 34, a graduate student at the University of Canterbury, recalled consoling a friend whose father and brother were among the more than 40 worshippers killed at Al Noor. NBC News, "Terror and hope: New Zealand reflects 6 months after Christchurch mosque attacks," 14 Sep. 2019 In the pics, Tyler can be seen consoling Gigi while wrapping his arm around her waist. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Tyler Cameron Supported Gigi Hadid at Her Grandmother's Funeral," 6 Sep. 2019 After the initial shock of our positive pregnancy test wore off, my husband scheduled an April vasectomy with the haste of a man who’d had his fill of consoling croupy infants at 3 A.M. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019 After Kanye's interruption, former Viacom president Van Toffler recalled consoling a crying Beyonce backstage – which gave him the idea of how to make things right. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Revelations from the 2009 VMAs: Beyoncé cried, Taylor Swift make-up moment was planned," 12 Aug. 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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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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