I. adjective Date: 14th century dedicated to a sacred purpose II. transitive verb (-crated; -crating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare, from com- + sacrare to consecrate — more at sacred Date: 14th century 1. to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially to ordain to the office of bishop 2. a. to make or declare sacred; especially to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony b. to effect the liturgical transubstantiation of (eucharistic bread and wine) c. to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication 3. to make inviolable or venerable <
principles consecrated by the weight of history
Synonyms: see devoteconsecrative adjectiveconsecrator nounconsecratory adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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