[ 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: Even his children could not console him when his wife died.
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Origin of console1
synonym study for console
OTHER WORDS FROM console
con·sol·a·ble, adjectivecon·sol·er, nounin·con·sol·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·sol·a·ble, adjective
un·con·sol·a·bly, adverbun·con·soled, adjective
Other definitions for console (2 of 2)
[ kon-sohl ]
/ ˈkɒn soʊl /
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.
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
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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How to use console in a sentence
The Xbox One is the only game console with true multitasking abilities.Xbox One Review: Big Brother Is Watching You|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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British Dictionary definitions for console (1 of 2)
/ (kənˈsəʊl) /
to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Derived forms of consoleconsolable, adjectiveconsoler, nounconsolingly, adverb
Word Origin for console
C17: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace
British Dictionary definitions for console (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɒnsəʊl) /
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
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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