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English adjective: consecrate

1. consecrate solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose

SamplesA life consecrated to science.
The consecrated chapel.
A chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II.

Synonymsconsecrated, dedicated

Similarordained, votive

See alsoholy, sacred


English verb: consecrate

1. consecrate (social) appoint to a clerical posts

SamplesHe was ordained in the Church.

Synonymsordain, order, ordinate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)enthrone, invest, vest

2. consecrate (communication) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

SamplesShe committed herself to the work of God.
Give one's talents to a good cause.
Consecrate your life to the church.

Synonymscommit, dedicate, devote, give

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

Narrower (hyponym)apply, consecrate, rededicate, vow

Verb groupgive, give, sacrifice

3. consecrate (communication) dedicate to a deity by a vow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, give

4. consecrate (communication) render holy by means of religious rites

Synonymsbless, hallow, sanctify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)reconsecrate

Antonymsdeconsecrate, unhallow, desecrate

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