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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.


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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