- 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.
- consecrated; sacred.
Origin of consecrate
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2. sanctify, venerate.
3. See devote.
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Examples from the Web for consecrated
The triumphant Jews possessed only a one-day supply of consecrated oil.The Real Story of Hanukkah
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Hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.Philothea
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It stands upon a site which has been consecrated to the service of God for many centuries.English Villages
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Before the end of the year the King was consecrated at Rheims.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
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There are some consecrated reputations which I wouldn't give a rap for.His Masterpiece
To whom that basilica was consecrated Procopius does not say.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
- 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
- archaic consecrated
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for consecrated
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