What does consecrate mean?

Definitions for consecrate
ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪtcon·se·crate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consecrated, consecrate, dedicatedverb

    solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose

    "a life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II"

  2. ordain, consecrate, ordinate, orderverb

    appoint to a clerical posts

    "he was ordained in the Church"

  3. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteverb

    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

    "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

  4. vow, consecrateverb

    dedicate to a deity by a vow

  5. consecrate, bless, hallow, sanctifyverb

    render holy by means of religious rites


  1. consecrateverb

    To declare, or otherwise make something holy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consecrateadjective

    Consecrated; sacred; devoted; devote; dedicated.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Shouldst thou but hear I were licentious;
    And that this body, consecrate to thee,
    By ruffian lust should be contaminate. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    The cardinal standing before the choir, lets them know that they were assembled in that consecrate place to sing unto God. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Into these secret shades, cry’d she,
    How dar’st thou be so bold
    To enter, consecrate to me;
    Or touch this hallow’d mold? Michael Drayton, Queen of Cynth.

  2. To CONSECRATEverb

    Etymology: consecro, Latin.

    Enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he hath consecrated for us. Heb. x. 20.

    The water consecrate for sacrifice,
    Appears all black. Edmund Waller.

    A bishop ought not to consecrate a church which the patron has built for filthy gain to himself, and not for true devotion. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    He shall consecrate unto the Lord the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering. Num. vi. 12.


  1. consecrate

    Consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service. The word consecration literally means "association with the sacred". Persons, places, or things can be consecrated, and the term is used in various ways by different groups. The origin of the word comes from the Latin stem consecrat, which means dedicated, devoted, and sacred. A synonym for consecration is sanctification; its antonym is desecration.


  1. consecrate

    To consecrate means to dedicate or devote something or someone for a special religious purpose, making it sacred or holy. It can also refer to the act of blessing, sanctifying, or making something religiously or spiritually pure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consecrateadjective

    consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred

  2. Consecrateverb

    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

  3. Consecrateverb

    to set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a bishop

  4. Consecrateverb

    to canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor

  5. Consecrateverb

    to render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as, rules or principles consecrated by time

  6. Etymology: [L. consceratus, p. p. of conscerare to conscerate; con- + sacrare to consecrate, sacer sacred. See Sacred.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consecrate

    kon′se-krāt, v.t. to set apart for a holy use: to render holy or venerable; to hallow; to devote.—adj. consecrated: devoted: sanctified.—ns. Con′secratedness; Consecrā′tion, the act of devoting to a sacred use; Con′secrator.—adj. Con′secratory, making sacred. [L. consecrāre, -ātum, to make wholly sacred—con, and sacrāre, to set apart as sacred—sacer, sacred.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consecrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consecrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of consecrate in a Sentence

  1. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    When I consecrate a new church in the Archdiocese, I often point to the altar and explain that the altar in every Catholic Church is the center of the universe, because Christ is the center of history.

  2. Gregory Aymond:

    His desecration of the altar was demonic, i am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow.

  3. John Dewey:

    Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it.

  4. John Dewey:

    Intellectually, religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves to the current view of the world and consecrate it.

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