- To consecrate is to declare something holy.
- 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.
consecrate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English consecraten ; from Classical Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare ; from com-, together plush sacrare: see sacred
consecrate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, con·se·crates
- To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
- Christianity a. To produce the ritual transformation of (the elements of the Eucharist) into the body and blood of Jesus.b. To sanctify (bread and wine) for use in Communion.c. 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: 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).
- conˈse·craˌtive adjective
- conˈse·craˌtor noun
- conˈse·cra·toˌry adjective