sacrifice

noun
sac·​ri·​fice | \ ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs How to pronounce sacrifice (audio) also -fəs or -ˌfīz \

Definition of sacrifice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of offering to a deity something precious especially : the killing of a victim on an altar
2 : something offered in sacrifice
3a : destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else
b : something given up or lost the sacrifices made by parents
4 : loss goods sold at a sacrifice

sacrifice

verb
sacrificed; sacrificing

Definition of sacrifice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to offer as a sacrifice
2 : to suffer loss of, give up, renounce, injure, or destroy especially for an ideal, belief, or end
3 : to sell at a loss
4 : to advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice bunt
5 : to kill (an animal) as part of a scientific experiment

intransitive verb

1 : to make or perform the rites of a sacrifice
2 : to make a sacrifice hit in baseball

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Other Words from sacrifice

Verb

sacrificer noun

Synonyms for sacrifice

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sacrifice in a Sentence

Noun The war required everyone to make sacrifices. No sacrifice is too great when it comes to her children. He made many personal sacrifices to provide help to the city's homeless people. The war required much sacrifice from everyone. a place where priests performed human sacrifices in ancient rituals The villagers hoped the gods would accept their sacrifice. The goat was offered as a sacrifice. The runner went to second base on a sacrifice. Verb She's had to sacrifice a lot for her family. He sacrificed his personal life in order to get ahead in his career. I want to follow a diet that is healthful without sacrificing taste. She was able to ask for their help without sacrificing her dignity. She was willing to suffer, sacrifice, and work for success. a place where people were sacrificed in ancient rituals He sacrificed in his first at bat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His son, Chris, made the sacrifice of giving a kidney to his father. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 15 Sep. 2021 In the shared national sacrifice of that era, baseline notions of horizontal and vertical equity were different. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 In the sacrifice of first responders and the mutual aid of strangers, in the solidarity of grief and grace, the actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of the people. ABC News, 11 Sep. 2021 At memorial runs, commemorative ceremonies and community service projects, residents honored the sacrifice of first responders, soldiers and everyday Americans. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Years later, tens of thousands travel that same route every year to honor the sacrifice of Stephen Siller. Analisa Novak, CBS News, 11 Sep. 2021 In the sacrifice of the first responders, in the mutual aid of strangers, in the solidarity of grief and grace. Amy B Wang, Caroline Anders, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 In the sacrifice of the first responders, in the mutual aid of strangers, in the solidarity of grief and grace. Michael Williams, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 In the sacrifice of the first responders, in the mutual aid of strangers, in the solidarity of grief and grace, the actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of a people. CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the choice of which values to favor, and which to sacrifice, are made by the optimizers who then impose those values on the rest of us when their creations reach great scale. Rob Reich, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 This leads us to the starting line-up where Ball is now occupying the point guard position without the Bulls needing to sacrifice White. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The height of Hajj corresponds with the major Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, which commemorates Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on Divine orders. CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 In Detroit, Brown persuaded Billups to sacrifice offense and focus more on being a leader and playing quality defense. oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 What are the chances that the same people who loudly boast of honoring the men and women of the military for their sacrifices are unwilling to sacrifice their own comfort for the life, health and well-being of the nation’s children? Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 In other words, this laptop is perfect for those that care about the numbers, but don’t want to sacrifice portability. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Aug. 2021 DeChambeau might be one of the few golfers who uses a driver longer than 46 inches, and several said longer drivers sacrifice control for distance. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Part of this is Asian-Americans awakening to progressive plans to sacrifice their children in the name of equity and diversity. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of sacrifice

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sacrifice

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sacrificium, from sacr-, sacer + facere to make — more at do

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The first known use of sacrifice was in the 13th century

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sacrifice bunt

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“Sacrifice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sacrifice. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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sacrifice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sacrifice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone
: an act of killing a person or animal in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god
: a person or animal that is killed in a sacrifice

sacrifice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sacrifice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give up (something that you want to keep) especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone
: to kill (a person or animal) in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god
: to make a sacrifice bunt

sacrifice

noun
sac·​ri·​fice | \ ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs How to pronounce sacrifice (audio) \

Kids Definition of sacrifice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or ceremony of making an offering to God or a god especially on an altar
2 : something offered as a religious act
3 : an act of giving up something especially for the sake of someone or something else We were happy to make a sacrifice of our time to help a friend in need.
4 : something given up especially for the sake of helping others

sacrifice

verb
sacrificed; sacrificing

Kids Definition of sacrifice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to offer or kill as a religious act The ancient ritual involved sacrificing an animal.
2 : to give up (something) especially for the sake of something or someone else They sacrificed their lives for their country.

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