Sacrifice meaning

săkrə-fīs
To sell or give away at a loss.
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To give up (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
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(baseball) To make a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
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To make a sacrifice.

Parents sacrificing for their children.

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To give up, destroy, permit injury to, or forgo (something valued) for the sake of something having a more pressing claim.
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To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
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To offer as a sacrifice to God or a god.
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To offer a sacrifice.

The Greek warriors sacrificed to their gods.

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To offer or make a sacrifice.
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(baseball) A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
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(baseball) A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
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To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
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To sell at less than the supposed value.
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(baseball) To execute a sacrifice.
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(baseball) To advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice.
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The definition of a sacrifice is an offering or a giving up of something.

An example of sacrifice is a live animal given to honor a diety.

An example of sacrifice is a parent who gives her free time to help her child with his homework.

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To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
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To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
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(chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one's position on the board.
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The offering of anything to a god; consecratory rite.
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Sacrifice is defined as to give something up or to sell something at a price which is less than its value.

An example of sacrifice is to give up candy for Lent.

An example of sacrifice is to sell a $1,000 car for $800.

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To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.
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(baseball) To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
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(dated, tradesmen's slang) To sell at a price less than the cost or actual value.
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To destroy; to kill.

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Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing.

The sacrifice of one's spare time in order to volunteer.

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Something sacrificed.
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(baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
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A loss of profit.
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(slang, dated) A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
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Origin of sacrifice

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sacrificium sacer sacred sacred facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sacrificium (“sacrifice"), from sacrificō (“make or offer a sacrifice"), from sacer (“sacred, holy"), + faciō (“do, make").

    From Wiktionary