Consecrate

Definition of Consecrate

Con´se`crate
a.1.Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
They were assembled in that consecrate place.
- Bacon.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Consecrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Consecrating.]
One day in the week is . . . consecrated to a holy rest.
- Sharp.
2.To set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a bishop.
Thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
- Ex. xxix. 9.
3.To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
4.To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as, rules or principles consecrated by time.

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consecrated, dedicated, holy, sacred
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