[ kon-si-kreyt ]
/ ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪt /
verb (used with object), con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing.
to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
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Origin of consecrate
OTHER WORDS FROM consecrate
con·se·crat·ed·ness, nouncon·se·cra·tor, con·se·crat·er, nouncon·se·cra·to·ry [kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, con·se·cra·tive, adjectivede·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), de·con·se·crat·ed, de·con·se·crat·ing.
pre·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), pre·con·se·crat·ed, pre·con·se·crat·ing.re·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), re·con·se·crat·ed, re·con·se·crat·ing.su·per·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·cra·tive, adjective
Words nearby consecrate
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British Dictionary definitions for consecrate
/ (ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt) /
to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
to ordain (a bishop)
Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
to cause to be respected or revered; veneratetime has consecrated this custom
Derived forms of consecrateconsecration, nounconsecrator, nounconsecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ) or consecrative, adjective
Word Origin for consecrate
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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