Definitions of consecrate

  1. render holy by means of religious rites
  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"
  3. appoint to a clerical posts; " he was ordained in the Church"
  4. 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"
  5. dedicate to a deity by a vow
  6. Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
  7. 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.
  8. To set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a bishop.
  9. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
  10. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as, rules or principles consecrated by time.
  11. To set apart as sacred; dedicate to the service of God; hallow; devote.
  12. To set apart for a holy use: to render holy or venerable.
  14. To render holy; set apart for a holy purpose.
  15. To appropriate to sacred uses; devote; dedicate; hallow.
  16. Sacred; devoted; dedicated.
  17. To set apart or devote to some sacred service or purpose; to declare one sacred or a saint; to dedicate; to render venerable; to sanctify.
  18. To make or declare sacred; to set apart or dedicate to the service and worship of God; to render venerable or make respected.

Usage examples for consecrate

  1. Who dares to see a mask of hate And snarling on the face Which she had pray'd to consecrate To honour for a space? – The Village Wife's Lament by Maurice Hewlett
  2. The son replied- I did not give them to you that you should consecrate them. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  3. Already worshipful as Valerie's bower, the ledge was freshly consecrate to two most excellent saints- Love Confessed and Life Triumphant. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  4. The effect of the Protocol is unquestionably to consecrate the international status quo with a definite position of legality, not to be disturbed by force. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  5. As modified, it reads thus:-" If thou lovest me, thou shalt serve and keep all of my commandments, and, behold, thou shalt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken." – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  6. Madame de Verneuil offered to purchase all the decoration at a great price; but it was unanimously resolved by those who had contributed to it to adorn a gallery with it, and to consecrate it as an everlasting monument of their gratitude and magnificence. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I by Various
  7. These inequalities gradually became summed up in the great distinction between rich and poor; and this distinction was finally embodied in the constitution of a civil society, expressly adapted to consecrate the usurpation of the rich, and to make the inequality of condition between them and the poor eternal. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  8. Some of them think it's better not to fall in love at all, and only do it for fun; others swear by the grande passion that will consecrate everything. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. To Gyp, it was like a child's " pretending"- to imagine they were going to live there together, to sort out the rooms and consecrate each. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  10. It was, however, a desperate struggle to which he had pledged himself, and to which he was to consecrate without flinching the rest of his life. – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  11. A man who could inspire such devotion as he had from such a woman as Mrs. Clemm, a man who loved flowers and children and animal pets, who could be so devoted a husband, who could so consecrate himself to art, was not a bad man. – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill
  12. You helped the lads while they lived; you risked your life to help them home at the last; and it's you who shall consecrate the empty beds where I'd have my lads lie if the power were mine! – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. To the holy Church you shall consecrate the band of brothers, the only blessed Church, which is the lofty abode of the father of our order. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  14. I believe that it has always been the custom to name bells- to consecrate them most certainly- and if we call to mind what an important part they perform in our religion, I do not wonder at it. – Valerie by Frederick Marryat
  15. These towering edifices with inscriptions numberless, announcing every imaginable form of trade with every corner of the world; here a vast building, consecrate in all its commercial magnificence, great windows and haughty doorways, the gleam of gilding and of brass, the lustre of polished woods, to a single company or firm; here a huge structure which housed on its many floors a crowd of enterprises, names by the score signalled at the foot of the gaping staircase; arrogant suggestions of triumph side by side with desperate beginnings; titles of world- wide significance meeting the eye at every turn, vulgar names with more weight than those of princes, words in small lettering which ruled the fate of millions of men;- no nightmare was ever so crushing to one in Otway's mood. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  16. It was not, however, expedient or possible for him to consecrate a large force upon any one point. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  17. He loved his profession of arms, and wished to consecrate his sword to the Church. – Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour by Francis Parkman
  18. The background, you see, was perfectly satisfactory; exactly what a cottage background should be on an autumn night when outside a wet mist is hanging like a grey curtain across the window panes; and Tussie arriving at nine o'clock to help consecrate the new life with Shakespeare felt, as he opened the door and walked out of the darkness into the rosy, cosy little room, that he need not after all worry himself with doubts as to the divine girl's being comfortable. – The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim
  19. Begin now; seek, search, pray, consecrate believe, and soon the blessing will fall upon your waiting soul. – The Heart-Cry of Jesus by Byron J. Rees
  20. No success, however splendid, in the language of one, not too severe a moralist, " Can blazon evil deeds or consecrate a crime." – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling