sacrifice

[ sak-ruh-fahys ]
/ ˈsæk rəˌfaɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.

verb (used without object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.

Baseball. to make a sacrifice: He sacrificed with two on and none out.
to offer or make a sacrifice.

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Origin of sacrifice

1225–75; (noun) Middle English <Old French <Latin sacrificium, equivalent to sacri- (combining form of sacer holy) + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ium-ium; (v.) Middle English sacrifisen, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sacrifice

sacrifice
/ (ˈsækrɪˌfaɪs) /

noun

verb

to make a sacrifice (of); give up, surrender, or destroy (a person, thing, etc)
chess to permit or force one's opponent to capture (a piece) freely, as in playing a combination or gambithe sacrificed his queen and checkmated his opponent on the next move

Derived forms of sacrifice

sacrificeable, adjectivesacrificer, noun

Word Origin for sacrifice

C13: via Old French from Latin sacrificium, from sacer holy + facere to make
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