console

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 verb: [kənˈsəʊl], noun: [ˈkɒnsəʊl]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•sole1 /kənˈsoʊl/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -soled, -sol•ing. 
  1. to lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of;
    give comfort to:Nothing could console her after the death of her children.
con•sol•a•ble, adj. 
con•sol•er, n. [countable]
con•sol•ing•ly, adv. See -sola-.

con•sole2 /ˈkɑnsoʊl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Furniturea television, phonograph, or radio cabinet designed to stand on the floor.
  2. Computingthe control unit of a computer, including the keyboard and monitor.
  3. the control unit of a mechanical, electrical, or electronic system:the console of a pipe organ.
  4. Automotivea storage container mounted between bucket seats in an automobile.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•sole1  (kən sōl),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -soled, -sol•ing. 
  1. to alleviate or lessen the grief, sorrow, or disappointment of;
    give solace or comfort:Only his children could console him when his wife died.
con•sola•ble, adj. 
con•soler, n. 
con•soling•ly, adv. 
  • Latin consōlārī, equivalent. to con- con- + sōlārī to soothe (see solace); perh. akin to Old English sǣl happiness (see seely)
  • French consoler)
  • ( 1685–95
    See  comfort1. 

con•sole2  (konsōl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Furniturea television, phonograph, or radio cabinet designed to stand on the floor rather than on a table or shelf.
  2. Computingthe control or monitoring unit of a computer, containing the keyboard or keys, switches, etc.
  3. Music and Dancea desklike structure containing the keyboards, pedals, etc., by means of which an organ is played.
  4. Furniturea small cabinet standing on the floor and having doors.
  5. FurnitureSee  console table. 
  6. the control unit of a mechanical, electrical, or electronic system:the console that controls a theater's lighting system.
  7. Architecturean ornamental corbel or bracket, esp. one high in relation to its projection.
  8. Automotivea tray or container typically divided into compartments, mounted between bucket seats, and used for storing small items.
  9. Naval Terms[Naut.]a unit on a vessel containing steering apparatus, systems monitoring equipment, etc.:a bridge console, an engine-room console.
  • Late Latin consōlātor; see console1, -ator), perh. because such supports served as rests in choir stalls, etc; compare misericord
  • French; Middle French consolle bracket or support, apparently shortening of consolateur (attested in Middle French with same sense) literally, one who consoles (
  • 1700–10


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console /kənˈsəʊl/ vb
  1. to serve as a source of comfort to (someone) in disappointment, loss, sadness, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin consōlārī, from sōlārī to comfort; see solace

conˈsolable adj conˈsoler n conˈsolingly adv
console /ˈkɒnsəʊl/ n
  1. an ornamental bracket, esp one used to support a wall fixture, bust, etc
  2. the part of an organ comprising the manuals, pedals, stops, etc
  3. a unit on which the controls of an electronic system are mounted
  4. a cabinet for a television, gramophone, etc, designed to stand on the floor
  5. See console table
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, shortened from Old French consolateur one that provides support, hence, supporting bracket, from Latin consōlātor a comforter; see console1



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