- 1 [transitive] to give up something that is important or valuable to you in order to get or do something that seems more important for yourself or for another person sacrifice something for somebody/something She sacrificed everything for her children. The designers have sacrificed speed for fuel economy. sacrifice something Would you sacrifice a football game to go out with a girl? In her writing, clarity is sometimes sacrificed to brevity. He sacrificed a castle in order to win his opponent's queen.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] sacrifice (somebody/something) to kill an animal or a person and offer it or them to a god, in order to please the god
NAmE//ˈsækrəˌfaɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sacrifice
he / she / it sacrifices
past simple sacrificed
-ing form sacrificing