- to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of; give solace or comfort: Only his children could console him when his wife died.
Origin of console1
- Also called game(s) console, gaming console, video-game console. a computer system specially made for playing video games by connecting it to a television or other display for video and sound.
- the control or monitoring unit of a computer, containing the keyboard or keys, switches, etc.
- a television, phonograph, or radio cabinet designed to stand on the floor rather than on a table or shelf.
- a desklike structure containing the keyboards, pedals, etc., by means of which an organ is played.
- a small cabinet standing on the floor and having doors.
- console table.
- the control unit of a mechanical, electrical, or electronic system: the console that controls a theater's lighting system.
- Architecture. an ornamental corbel or bracket, especially one high in relation to its projection.
- Automotive. a tray or container typically divided into compartments, mounted between bucket seats, and used for storing small items.
- Nautical. a unit on a vessel containing steering apparatus, systems monitoring equipment, etc.: a bridge console, an engine-room console.
Origin of console2
Related Words for consolesoothe, assuage, solace, encourage, upraise, cheer, lift, calm, inspirit, gladden, animate, tranquilize
Examples from the Web for console
Contemporary Examples of console
As McSpadden wailed in grief, Head climbed on the hood of the car to console her.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
The teenager was shaken by the incident, and his father remembers having to console him for hours that day.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
This woke her husband, who questioned and tried to console her, to no avail.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
The purpose of art,” Bemelmans once said, “is to console and amuse—myself, and, I hope, others.Madeline’s New York Moment: Ludwig Bemelmans’ Heroine Comes Home
July 8, 2014
Rupert Neve Designs crafted the console that lives at Third Man Records.Jack White Sets World Record for Fastest Record Release
April 22, 2014
Historical Examples of console
To the extent of his means he would do what money could to console her!Weighed and Wanting
But if he loved her he would have mentioned her with affection, if only to console her in her widowhood.The Man Shakespeare
We may at least console ourselves with the reflexion that such a contingency is far off.The Roof of France
Console yourself, dear mother, circumstances require that you should.The Boy Life of Napoleon
"There's a good view from the window," he said to console her for his depreciation of the picture.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Word Origin for console
- 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
- same as games console
- a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
- See console table
Word Origin for console
1690s, from French consoler "to comfort, console," from Latin consolari "offer solace, encourage, comfort, cheer," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + solari "to comfort" (see solace). Or perhaps a back-formation from consolation. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by frefran. Related: Consoled; consoling.
1706, "a cabinet; an ornamental base structure," from French console "a bracket" (16c.), of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle French consolateur, literally "one who consoles," word used for carved human figures supporting cornices, shelves or rails in choir stalls. Another guess connects it to Latin consolidare. Sense evolved to "body of a musical organ" (1881), "radio cabinet" (1925), then "cabinet for a TV, stereo, etc." (1944).