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English noun: sacrifice

1. sacrifice (act) the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.


Synonymsforfeit, forfeiture


Broader (hypernym)act, deed, human action, human activity

2. sacrifice (event) personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)


Broader (hypernym)loss, personnel casualty

3. sacrifice (possession) a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value


SamplesHe had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice.


Broader (hypernym)loss

4. sacrifice (act) the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity


Synonymsritual killing


Broader (hypernym)kill, killing, putting to death


Narrower (hyponym)hecatomb, immolation


Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

5. sacrifice (act) (baseball) an out that advances the base runners


Broader (hypernym)putout


Narrower (hyponym)sacrifice fly


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


English verb: sacrifice

1. sacrifice (possession) endure the loss of


SamplesHe gave his life for his children.
I gave two sons to the war.


Synonymsgive


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


Broader (hypernym)free, give up, release, relinquish, resign


Verb groupcommit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, devote, give, give, pay

2. sacrifice (contact) kill or destroy


SamplesThe animals were sacrificed after the experiment.
The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment.


ExamplesThey want to sacrifice the prisoners


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


Broader (hypernym)kill

3. sacrifice (possession) sell at a loss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sell

4. sacrifice (possession) make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals


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


Broader (hypernym)offer, offer up


Narrower (hyponym)immolate









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