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 \ kən-​ˈsō-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce console (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 The Chrome Hearts Cullinan has quilted black leather everything, including the center console, dashboard and inner door panels. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Drake and Chrome Hearts Designed a Rolls-Royce Cullinan That Takes Goth Style to a New Level," 3 May 2021 And there are victims, so many victims — the threatened, the terrorized, the imprisoned, the beaten, the murdered — to pray for, console, assist, and defend. Doug Bandow, National Review, "The Perilous State of Religious Freedom Worldwide," 2 May 2021 The current Switch has surprisingly poor battery life, especially for a console that markets portability as one its key differentiators. Nicole Vandenbergh, Wired, "9 Upgrades We’d Love to See in the Next Nintendo Switch," 29 Apr. 2021 An incredible price-to-power proposition for either console. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X/S review: Beautiful, powerful—but whatcha gonna play?," 5 Nov. 2020 Sitting outside is always better while sipping your favorite beverage, which is why this wooden porch swing with a middle console is a no-brainer. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, "The Best Porch Swings for Every Outdoor Space, According to Reviews," 2 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately for some, the game originally came out exclusively for the Wii U console, which did not sell as well as Nintendo would have liked. Britton Peele, Dallas News, "Bored in the house? Check out these recent video game releases," 9 Mar. 2021 For example, movie tie-in content with restrictive deadlines has mostly moved to the mobile market, where developers can produce a product more quickly than a full-fledged console game. Washington Post, "From Star Wars to Marvel, licensed video games are becoming more ambitious. Here’s why.," 5 Mar. 2021 Staff reaction to push-button shifters is mixed, but the setup at least makes for a tidy, unobtrusive center console. Beth Nichols, Car and Driver, "A 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid Sidles in to Our Long-Term Fleet," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Patrick brought me a rather large Irish whiskey to console me. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Allow Anne Beatts to Set the Record Straight About Square Pegs," 9 Apr. 2021 After the buzzer, Niece stood in the corner opposite the SK bench for several seconds, and Steiner came to console him. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Kentucky high school basketball: Simon Kenton falls by 2 to North Oldham in 8th Region," 27 Mar. 2021 Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann saw Carr tearing up and walked over to console him following the game. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Marcus Carr gets emotional after what could be his last game with Gophers," 12 Mar. 2021 But Jenkins tries to console the Black women who come to her in fear — attempting to bring solace to their concerns. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "'I don’t want women afraid': Why Black maternal health is a community hurdle for Louisville," 15 Apr. 2021 Two days before blastoff, the 27-year-old Gagarin wrote a farewell letter to his wife, Valentina, sharing his pride in being chosen to ride in Vostok 1 but also trying to console her in the event of his death. NBC News, "Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago," 12 Apr. 2021 Amelia dips into damage control, trying her best to console Zola without lying. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: A major character dies in heartbreaking midseason premiere," 12 Mar. 2021 After the final whistle, Palma rushed to Ochoa and tried to console his former teammate as the rest of the Honduran team celebrated at the other end of the field. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. men’s soccer fails to qualify for Olympics — again — with loss to Honduras," 28 Mar. 2021 Then Teddy jerks from her subconscious, hears her baby crying, and rushes to console her. Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Teddy struggles with reality," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Console.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/console. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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