re·​con·​se·​crate (ˌ)rē-ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt How to pronounce reconsecrate (audio)
reconsecrated; reconsecrating; reconsecrates

transitive verb

: to consecrate (something) again
reconsecrated the altar, thereby reclaiming the sacred space.Jill Fehleison
Today we reconsecrate our country to long-cherished ideals in a suddenly changed civilization.Franklin D. Roosevelt
reconsecration noun
plural reconsecrations
From its completion in 1743 as a Lutheran church, to its collapse near the end of World War II, to its reconsecration in 2005, the Frauenkirche has long had a special place in this medieval city.

Examples of reconsecrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tears and smiles could be seen at Congregation Beth Israel on Thursday as the members prepared to reconsecrate the synagogue after a gunman held Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and three others hostage almost three months ago. Dallas News, 7 Apr. 2022 Aymond explained that the ensuing ritual would reconsecrate the altar and the church to Christ. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer,, 10 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reconsecrate was in 1611

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“Reconsecrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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