from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
  • transitive v. Christianity To produce the ritual transformation of (the elements of the Eucharist) into the body and blood of Jesus.
  • transitive v. Christianity To sanctify (bread and wine) for use in Communion.
  • transitive v. Christianity To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops.
  • transitive v. To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal. See Synonyms at devote.
  • transitive v. To make venerable; hallow: a tradition consecrated by time.
  • adj. Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified.

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  • v. To declare, or otherwise make something holy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To set apart to a sacred office.
  • transitive v. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
  • transitive v. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make or declare sacred with certain ceremonies or rites; appropriate to sacred uses or employments; set apart, dedicate, or devote to the service of the Deity: as, to consecrate a church; to consecrate the eucharistic elements. See consecration, 1.
  • Specifically, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, to initiate solemnly into the order of bishops, as a priest. See consecration, . To devote or dedicate from profound feeling or a religious motive: as, his life was consecrated to the service of the poor.
  • To make revered or worshiped, or highly regarded; hallow: as, a custom consecrated by time.
  • To place among the gods; apotheosize.
  • To enroll among the saints; canonize.
  • Sacred; consecrated; devoted; dedicated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. appoint to a clerical posts
  • v. dedicate to a deity by a vow
  • v. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
  • adj. solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
  • v. render holy by means of religious rites


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English consecraten, from Latin cōnsecrāre, cōnsecrāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sacrāre, to make sacred (from sacer, sacr-, sacred; see sak- in Indo-European roots).



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