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 soundbar also pulls audio directly from the TV, so there’s no need to plug a game console into the speaker. Wired, "Roku Debuts a Soundbar, and It Comes With a Roku Built In," 4 Sep. 2019 Which is a great game console to have when the power goes out, because power outages usually mean broadband outages, too. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Homeowner's Last-Minute Hurricane Prep Checklist," 3 Sep. 2019 The latter of which will automatically turn on when a gaming console is connected. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Labor Day weekend might be the best time to buy a new TV," 31 Aug. 2019 That virtually everyone under 35 knows his or her way around a gaming console? Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Why some white men go ‘bang’," 5 Aug. 2019 Dubbed The Slater in honor of the lovable jock from Saved by the Bell, the new two-bed, one-bath spot is replete with a playable N64 gaming console, VHS tapes and all kinds of other retro doodads and décor. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "'90s-themed Airbnb joins an '80s-themed Airbnb in Lower Greenville," 5 Aug. 2019 By comparison, the Switch, both a console and handheld gaming device, has sold 36.87 million units to date, though it was just released in 2017. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "As Game Boy Turns 30, It’s Time to Recognize Its Inventor, Nintendo’s Maintenance Man," 1 Aug. 2019 The Switch is a hybrid game machine that works both as a console and a tablet. Washington Post, "Nintendo profit drops on exchange rate despite sales boost," 30 July 2019 Guests can try their space-flight skills with a lunar-lander simulator and check out a real NASA Mission Control console. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "50 years ago, the first humans stepped on the moon. Here’s how the West is celebrating our ‘giant leap’," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On negativity in general, Big Freedia consoled an audience member, a former dancer for Miley Cyrus who had soda thrown on her during the first performance. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Billboard Pride Issue Cover Stars Discuss Improving LGBTQ Representation in Pop Culture at Pride Summit," 8 Aug. 2019 One morning in the spring of 2001, inside the weight room of the Cardinals’ complex in Jupiter, Fla., catcher Mike Matheny was consoling Pujols. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Albert Pujols’ return to St. Louis set for adulation, not condemnation," 20 June 2019 At 7 years old, their lives are often relegated to caring for younger siblings: changing diapers, consoling, looking out for them. National Geographic, "A humanitarian crisis emerges as ISIS falls in northern Syria," 27 Mar. 2019 The folks at Better Call Saul can certainly console themselves with nine nods for the main show, including one for Outstanding Drama Series and Banks’ nomination in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Better Call Saul web series has two Emmy nominations revoked," 19 July 2019 The sunlight, disorienting and ever-present, could be a metaphor for Dani’s grief, which would be unyielding even if Christian were genuinely interested in consoling her. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: In the unsettling ‘Midsommar,’ the nightmare unfolds in broad daylight," 3 July 2019 The other person will either try to console you or just hang up. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "9 Funny Prank Call Ideas For When You're Really Bored," 13 June 2019 Zhang’s mother cried as Zhang’s father tried to read from a piece of paper, stopping to console his wife. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A teacher used ‘Abduction 101’ to plot a deadly kidnapping. A visiting Chinese scholar was his random victim.," 25 June 2019 Hannity, for his part, offers Manafort consoling words and an open invitation to his show. NBC News, "Manafort and Hannity exchanged hundreds of text messages about Mueller-Russia probe," 21 June 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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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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