- 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 rook 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 Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sacrificium; related to sacrificus
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sacrifice
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//he / she / it sacrifices
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪsɪz//past simple sacrificed
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪst//past participle sacrificed
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪst//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪst//-ing form sacrificing
BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪsɪŋ//