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consecrate    : [k'ɑnsəkr,et]
Consecrate \Con"se*crate\, a. [L. consceratus, p. p. of
conscerare to conscerate; con- sacrare to consecrate, sacer
sacred. See {Sacred}.]
Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
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They were assembled in that consecrate place. --Bacon.
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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.
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One day in the week is . . . consecrated to a holy
rest. --Sharp.
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2. To set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a
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Thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons. --Ex.
xxix. 9.
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3. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll
among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
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4. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as,
rules or principles consecrated by time. --Burke.

Syn: See {Addict}.
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adj 1: 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" [synonym:
{consecrated}, {consecrate}, {dedicated}] [ant:
v 1: appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the
Church" [synonym: {ordain}, {consecrate}, {ordinate}, {order}]
2: 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" [synonym:
{give}, {dedicate}, {consecrate}, {commit}, {devote}]
3: dedicate to a deity by a vow [synonym: {vow}, {consecrate}]
4: render holy by means of religious rites [synonym: {consecrate},
{bless}, {hallow}, {sanctify}] [ant: {deconsecrate},
{desecrate}, {unhallow}]

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