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verb (used with object), con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing.
  1. to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
  2. to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
  3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
  4. to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
  5. to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
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  1. consecrated; sacred.
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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
Related formscon·se·crat·ed·ness, nouncon·se·cra·tor, con·se·crat·er, nouncon·se·cra·to·ry [kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, con·se·cra·tive, adjectivede·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), de·con·se·crat·ed, de·con·se·crat·ing.pre·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), pre·con·se·crat·ed, pre·con·se·crat·ing.re·con·se·crate, verb (used with object), re·con·se·crat·ed, re·con·se·crat·ing.su·per·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·cra·tive, adjective

Synonyms for consecrate

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3. See devote.

Antonyms for consecrate

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Examples from the Web for reconsecrate

Historical Examples of reconsecrate

  • Today we reconsecrate our country to long-cherished ideals in a suddenly changed civilization.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • Her consciousness of wrong warmed her heart toward her absent husband, and filled it with longing to reconsecrate herself to him.

  • He felt to reconsecrate himself to the Master, and live a more faithful life.

  • Decent people wouldn't attend service there for a long time, and the Bishop had to be sent for to reconsecrate the church.

    Jude the Obscure

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for reconsecrate


verb (tr)
  1. to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
  2. to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
  3. to ordain (a bishop)
  4. Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
  5. to cause to be respected or revered; veneratetime has consecrated this custom
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  1. archaic consecrated
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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 reconsecrate



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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