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Definition of consecrate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consecrate
    he / she / it consecrates
    past simple consecrated
    -ing form consecrating
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  1. 1consecrate something to state officially in a religious ceremony that something is holy and can be used for religious purposes The church was consecrated in 1853. consecrated ground
  2. 2consecrate something (in Christian belief) to make bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ
  3. 3consecrate somebody (as) (something) to state officially in a religious ceremony that someone is now a priest, etc. He was consecrated (as) bishop last year.
  4. 4consecrate something/somebody/yourself to something (formal) to give something or someone/yourself to a special purpose, especially a religious one She consecrated her life to God.
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noun [countable, uncountable] the consecration of a church/bishop
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