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console

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[ kuhn-sohl ]
/ kənˈsoʊl /
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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.

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Origin of console

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1685–95; (<French consoler) <Latin consōlārī, equivalent to con-con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perhaps akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)
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Definition for console (2 of 2)

console2
[ kon-sohl ]
/ ˈkɒn soʊl /

noun

Origin of console

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First recorded in 1700–10; from French; Middle French consolle “bracket, support,” apparently shortening of consolateur (attested in Middle French with same sense), literally, “one who consoles” (from Late Latin consōlātor; see console1, -ator), perhaps because such supports served as rests in choir stalls, etc.; cf. misericord
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British Dictionary definitions for console (1 of 2)

console1
/ (kənˈsəʊl) /

verb

to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
consolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb
C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

British Dictionary definitions for console (2 of 2)

console2
/ (ˈkɒnsəʊl) /

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
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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