WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•se•crate /ˈkɑnsɪˌkreɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -crat•ed, -crat•ing. 
  1. Religionto make or declare (something) sacred; dedicate (something) to the service of a deity:The church was consecrated in 1944. She consecrated her life to God.
  2. to make (something) an object of honor;
    dedicate:a day that was consecrated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. Religionto admit or ordain (a bishop, etc.) to a sacred office.
con•se•cra•tion /ˌkɑnsɪˈkreɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]a life of consecration to God.[countable]When did the consecration of the cathedral take place?
con•se•cra•tor, n. [countable]
con•se•cra•to•ry /ˈkɑnsɪkrəˌtɔri/USA pronunciation   con•se•cra•tive, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•se•crate  (konsi krāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -crat•ed, -crat•ing, adj. 
  1. Religionto 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. Religionto admit or ordain to a sacred office, esp. to the episcopate.
  5. Religionto change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.

  1. consecrated;
conse•crat′ed•ness, n. 
conse•cra′tor, conse•crat′er, n. 
con•se•cra•to•ry  (konsi krə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation  conse•cra′tive, adj. 
  • Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent. to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1
  • Middle English consecraten 1325–75
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sanctify, venerate.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  devote. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged desecrate.

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consecrate /ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt/ vb (transitive)
  1. to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
  2. to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
  3. to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
  4. to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred

ˌconseˈcration n ˈconseˌcrator n consecratory /ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ/, ˈconseˌcrative adj

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