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consecrate

[kon-si-kreyt] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), consecrated, consecrating.
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.
adjective
6.
consecrated; sacred.
Origin
1325-1375
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 forms
consecratedness, noun
consecrator, consecrater, noun
consecratory
[kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
consecrative, adjective
deconsecrate, verb (used with object), deconsecrated, deconsecrating.
preconsecrate, verb (used with object), preconsecrated, preconsecrating.
reconsecrate, verb (used with object), reconsecrated, reconsecrating.
superconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrative, adjective
Synonyms
2. sanctify, venerate. 3. See devote.
Antonyms
1. desecrate.
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Examples from the web for consecrate
  • Te these high ends let us faithfully consecrate our selves.
  • Traditionally the lion dance may also be performed to consecrate the opening of a building and at other civic commemorations.
  • Let the presence of your own heroic dead consecrate this monument.
  • Bodies disappear but spirits linger to consecrate ground for the vision.
British Dictionary definitions for consecrate

consecrate

/ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt/
verb (transitive)
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; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
adjective
6.
(archaic) consecrated
Derived Forms
consecration, noun
consecrator, noun
consecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ), consecrative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for consecrate
v.

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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