Definition of consecrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    consecrate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consecrate
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪt//
     
    he / she / it consecrates
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪts//
     
    past simple consecrated
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle consecrated
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form consecrating
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnsɪkreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnsɪkreɪtɪŋ//
     
    Religious buildings, Religious ceremonies
     
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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 See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious ceremonies
  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 somebody is now a priest, etc. He was consecrated (as) bishop last year.
  4. 4consecrate something/somebody/yourself to something (formal) to give something/somebody/yourself to a special purpose, especially a religious one She consecrated her life to God.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin consecrat- ‘dedicated, devoted as sacred’, from the verb consecrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + sacrare ‘dedicate’, from sacer ‘sacred’.
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