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

     

    sacrifice

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sacrificium; related to sacrificus ‘sacrificial’, from sacer ‘holy’.Extra examples Comfort has been sacrificed for the sake of improved performance. She was prepared to sacrifice having a family in order to pursue her career. soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country He sacrificed a rook in order to win his opponent’s queen.
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