[ 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.


consecrated; sacred.

Nearby words

  1. conscript,
  2. conscript fathers,
  3. conscriptee,
  4. conscription,
  5. conscriptionist,
  6. consecration,
  7. consecution,
  8. consecutive,
  9. consecutive anophthalmia,
  10. consensual

Origin of consecrate

1325–75; Middle English consecraten < Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1

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3. See devote. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deconsecrate


/ (diːˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt) /


(tr) to transfer (a church) to secular use
Derived Formsdeconsecration, noun


/ (ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsconsecration, 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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Word Origin and History for deconsecrate



late 14c., from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare "to make holy, devote," from com- "together" (see com-) + sacrare (see sacred). Related: Consecrated; consecrating.

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