console

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[kuh n-sohl]
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verb (used with object), con·soled, con·sol·ing.

to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Only his children could console him when his wife died.

Nearby words

  1. consolation of philosophy, the,
  2. consolation prize,
  3. consolations,
  4. consolato del mare,
  5. consolatory,
  6. console game,
  7. console table,
  8. consolette,
  9. consolidate,
  10. consolidated

Origin of console

1
1685–95; (< French consoler) < Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)

Related forms

Synonym study

See comfort.

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Examples from the Web for consolable

  • And therefore, if you won't let me call him changeable, I'll coin a word and call him consolable!

    Wives and Daughters|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • What a good saint is our Ignatius, exclaimed the consolable widow, he bestows on us more benefits than we ask for!



British Dictionary definitions for consolable

console

1

verb

to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Derived Formsconsolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb

Word Origin for console

C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

console

2

noun

an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor

Word Origin for console

C18: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console 1

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Word Origin and History for consolable
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