Consecrate Con"se*crate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consecrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Consecrating}.] 1. To make, or declare to be, sacred; to appropriate to sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service or worship of God; as, to consecrate a church; to give (one's self) unreservedly, as to the service of God. [1913 Webster]

One day in the week is . . . consecrated to a holy rest. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

2. To set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a bishop. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons. --Ex. xxix. 9. [1913 Webster]

3. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor. [1913 Webster]

4. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as, rules or principles consecrated by time. --Burke.

Syn: See {Addict}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • consecrate — hallow, dedicate, *devote Contrasted words: desecrate, profane (see corresponding nouns at PROFANATION): defile, pollute (see CONTAMINATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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