- An example of consecrate is when a cemetery is named holy ground.
- An example of consecrate is when bread and wine are made into the body and blood of Christ for communion.
transitive verbconsecrated, consecrating
- to set apart as holy; make or declare sacred for religious use
- to make (someone) a bishop, ruler, etc. by a religious ceremony
- to devote entirely; dedicate: to consecrate one's life to art
- to cause to be revered or honored; hallow: ground consecrated by their martyrdom
Origin of consecrateMiddle English consecraten ; from Classical Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare ; from com-, together + sacrare: see sacred
transitive verbcon·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, con·se·crates
- To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
- Christianity a. To sanctify (bread and wine) for Eucharistic use through a ritual regarded by some Christian churches as effecting transubstantiation.b. To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops.
- To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal. See Synonyms at devote.
- To make venerable; hallow: a tradition consecrated by time.
Origin of consecrateMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present consecrates, present participle consecrating, simple past and past participle consecrated)
- To declare, or otherwise make something holy.
(comparative more consecrate, superlative most consecrate)
- Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.