|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|
|[C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred]|
the devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God. The race of Abraham and the tribe of Levi were thus consecrated (Ex. 13:2, 12, 15; Num. 3:12). The Hebrews devoted their fields and cattle, and sometimes the spoils of war, to the Lord (Lev. 27:28, 29). According to the Mosaic law the first-born both of man and beast were consecrated to God. In the New Testament, Christians are regarded as consecrated to the Lord (1 Pet. 2:9).