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

Out’s grand opening celebration will be open to the public this Saturday, and will include food specials and giveaways -- including giveaways of gaming consoles. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Nostalgia served up at Brunswick’s new Geeked Out Pub and Grille," 8 July 2019 Four long rows of pale green consoles fill the room. David W. Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA reopens Apollo Mission Control room that once landed men on moon," 29 June 2019 Cigarette butts were dug out of the consoles, along with gum wrappers and papers. Washington Post, "Restored Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo," 28 June 2019 While digital distribution and streaming are both expected to continue to grow, neither of the upcoming consoles from Microsoft and Sony will forego the physical drive, meaning there’s still a market for game discs. Chris Morris, Fortune, "GameStop Wants to Be the 'Local Church' of Gaming," 19 June 2019 This is a year in which cloud gaming and streaming will be buzzy topics on the E3 show floor; these are tech innovations that could put games in the hands of those not interested in pricey computers of consoles. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "E3 2019: Is the video game industry ready for pop-culture saturation?," 10 June 2019 Look and feel The app tries to capture the experience of a console with polished graphics, sound and design. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 The Ascent has most mobile device needs covered with 12-volt power outlets in the dash and cargo area, dual USB ports for the front row and two USB ports in the rear of the center console for second-row occupants. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 Changes were made over the years, including three replacements of the console at which the organist sits to play the instrument, each incorporating new organ technologies and such innovations as electric power. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lost in the rubble of Trinity church, a 'priceless and irreplaceable' pipe organ from 1879," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 It’ll be joined by free-to-play monster-hunting game Dauntless, which recently made the jump from PC to console. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 14 biggest announcements from Nintendo’s E3 2019 presentation," 11 June 2019 Electronic Arts has offered EA Access since 2014 and, earlier this year, brought it to console gamers via the PlayStaton 4. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ubisoft Launches Netflix-Like Subscription Gaming Service," 10 June 2019 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

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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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