Definitions for sacrificeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sac•ri•ficeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs(n.; v.)-ficed, -fic•ing.

  1. (n.)the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some object to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.

  2. the person, animal, or thing so offered.

  3. the surrender or destruction of something valued for the sake of something having a higher or more pressing claim.

  4. something so surrendered or lost.

  5. a loss incurred in selling something below its value.

  6. Also called sac′rifice bunt`, sac′rifice hit`. a hit or bunted ball in baseball that results in an out for the batter, but allows a runner on base to advance or score.

    Category: Sport

  7. (v.t.)to make a sacrifice or offering of.

  8. to surrender, give up, permit injury to, or destroy for the sake of something else.

  9. to dispose of (goods, property, etc.) regardless of profit.

  10. to cause the advance of (a base runner) in baseball by a sacrifice.

    Category: Sport

  11. (v.i.)to offer or make a sacrifice.

  12. to make a sacrifice in baseball.

    Category: Sport

Origin of sacrifice:

1225–75; < OF < L sacrificium=sacri-, comb. form of sacer sacred +-fic-, comb. form of facere to make, do1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice(noun)

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

  2. sacrifice(noun)

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

  3. sacrifice(noun)

    a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value

    "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"

  4. sacrifice, ritual killing(noun)

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

  5. sacrifice(verb)

    (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

  6. sacrifice, give(verb)

    endure the loss of

    "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"

  7. sacrifice(verb)

    kill or destroy

    "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"

  8. sacrifice(verb)

    sell at a loss

  9. sacrifice(verb)

    make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sacrifice(noun)ˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

    sth you give up in order to achieve sth, or the act of doing this

    We make many sacrifices for our children.; sacrifice in a time of war

  2. sacrificeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

    an animal or person killed as an act of worship, or this act of worship

    ritual sacrifice; the sacrifice of sheep and deer

  3. sacrifice(verb)ˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

    to give sth up in order to achieve sth

    He was willing to sacrifice his relationship to get to the top.

  4. sacrificeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

    to kill an animal or person as an act of worship

    He sacrificed a lamb to the gods.


  1. sacrifice(Noun)

    Something sacrificed.

  2. sacrifice(Noun)

    A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.

  3. sacrifice(Verb)

    To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.

  4. sacrifice(Verb)

    To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.

  5. sacrifice(Verb)

    To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.

  6. sacrifice(Verb)

    To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve oneu2019s position on the board.

  7. sacrifice(Verb)

    To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.

  8. Origin: From sacrificium, from sacrifico, from sacer, + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrifice(noun)

    the offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite

  2. Sacrifice(noun)

    anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation

  3. Sacrifice(noun)

    destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest

  4. Sacrifice(noun)

    a sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value

  5. Sacrifice(noun)

    to make an offering of; to consecrate or present to a divinity by way of expiation or propitiation, or as a token acknowledgment or thanksgiving; to immolate on the altar of God, in order to atone for sin, to procure favor, or to express thankfulness; as, to sacrifice an ox or a sheep

  6. Sacrifice(noun)

    hence, to destroy, surrender, or suffer to be lost, for the sake of obtaining something; to give up in favor of a higher or more imperative object or duty; to devote, with loss or suffering

  7. Sacrifice(noun)

    to destroy; to kill

  8. Sacrifice(noun)

    to sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value

  9. Sacrifice(verb)

    to make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice


  1. Sacrifice

    Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, as an act of propitiation or worship. While sacrifice often implies ritual killing, the term offering can be used for bloodless sacrifices of cereal food or artifacts. For offerings of liquids by pouring, the term libation is used.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sacrifice

    anything of value given away to secure the possession of something of still higher value, and which is the greater and more meritorious the costlier the gift.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sacrifice' in Nouns Frequency: #2815

Translations for sacrifice

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of offering something (eg an animal that is specially killed) to a god

A lamb was offered in sacrifice.

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