For the verb: "to consecrate"
|Present Participle: ||consecrating|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•se•crate /ˈkɑnsɪˌkreɪt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -crat•ed, -crat•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
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.
- 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.
- to make (something) an object of honor;
dedicate:a day that was consecrated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Religionto admit or ordain (a bishop, etc.) to a sacred office.
(kon′si krāt′),USA pronunciation v., -crat•ed, -crat•ing, adj. v.t.
- Religionto make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity:to consecrate a new church building.
- to make (something) an object of honor or veneration;
hallow:a custom consecrated by time.
- to devote or dedicate to some purpose:a life consecrated to science.
- Religionto admit or ordain to a sacred office, esp. to the episcopate.
- Religionto change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
con′se•cra′tor, con′se•crat′er, n.
(kon′si krə tôr′ē, -tōr′ē),USA pronunciation con′se•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)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacredˌconseˈcration n ˈconseˌcrator n consecratory /ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ/, ˈconseˌcrative adj
- to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
- to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
- to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
- to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
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