Definition of consecrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɪkreɪt/


[with object]
1Make or declare (something, typically a church) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious purpose: the present Holy Trinity church was consecrated in 1845 (as adjective consecrated) consecrated ground
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  • An additional burial ground at Kettlewell Church was consecrated.
  • St Joseph's Church was consecrated in April 1904 as a chapel of ease for St Michael's parish.
  • Responding to the needs of a growing community at Lawkholme, Holy Trinity Church had been consecrated in 1882.
1.1(In Christian belief) declare (bread and wine) to be or represent the body and blood of Christ: (as adjective consecrated) they received the host but not the consecrated wine
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  • And what we have is some bread and wine - consecrated by the Word and prayer to be to us the body and blood of our Lord.
  • In it the participants share in the redemptive death and resurrection of Christ through sacramental communion with his body and blood, signified by consuming consecrated bread and wine.
  • The bishop has given permission for the church to install an aumbr, a small safe where bread and wine consecrated by a priest during Holy Communion are stored, in a side chapel.
1.2Ordain (someone) to a sacred office, typically that of bishop: [with object and complement]: he was consecrated bishop of York
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  • After ten years, in 1972, he was consecrated bishop of Nevada.
  • In 1952 he was consecrated as bishop of Durham, becoming archbishop of York in 1956 and finally of Canterbury in 1961.
  • About 300 clergymen are said to be considering leaving the Church if the decision is taken to consecrate women bishops.
sanctify, bless, make holy, make sacred, hallow, set apart, dedicate to God;
anoint, ordain, canonize, beatify, lay hands on
archaic frock
1.3 informal Devote (something) exclusively to a particular purpose: the gun room was a male preserve, consecrated to sport
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  • The third section is exclusively consecrated to nutrition and feeding, a very important part of animal production, and is divided into three chapters.
  • No matter a building's original purpose, once it is consecrated to the service of humanity it resonates with a positive vibration that is experienced daily.
  • The great thing about them is that even though they are consecrated to monuments or famous landscapes, the photos inevitably contain all kinds of interesting people of the period in them.
dedicate, devote, give (over), set aside, set apart, assign, allot, allocate, reserve, commit, apply, consign, pledge, vow, offer, surrender, sacrifice



Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsɪkreɪtə/
Example sentences
  • It was widely believed that the principal consecrator was one of those bishops who eight years before had surrendered sacred books or vessels to the confiscating authorities.
  • I had not taught her these motions; she was imitating what she had seen at Mass, and was obviously unaware that, as it currently stands, she will never be afforded the privilege of the role of consecrator.
  • He will act as chief consecrator on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Metropolitan of the province.


Example sentences
  • The long consecratory prayer of the Roman Rite of Religious Profession states, ‘May the countenance of Christ Your Son shine forth in her, Father, so that all who see her will know that he is present in Your Church.’
  • The words of the Lord ‘Take, eat… drink ye all of it’ in the Eucharistic prayer, which has a consecratory character as the whole, do not themselves effect the transformation of the bread and the wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
  • He recited the words of institution in German but not the Canon and failed to elevate the host and chalice, distributing them in both species immediately after the consecratory words.


Late Middle English: from Latin consecrat- 'dedicated, devoted as sacred', from the verb consecrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + sacrare 'dedicate', from sacer 'sacred'.

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