Definition of consecrate in English:



[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’
    ‘consecrated ground’
    • ‘Successive invasions of the town destroyed the original church and the new one was consecrated in 1260 AD.’
    • ‘The foundation stone was laid in 1821 and the church was consecrated in 1826 by the Bishop of Chester.’
    • ‘Responding to the needs of a growing community at Lawkholme, Holy Trinity Church had been consecrated in 1882.’
    • ‘The cemetery, which is believed to have been consecrated in 1724, is managed at present by the Church of South India Trust.’
    • ‘A circular church was consecrated on the site in 1694, but the present church was built in 1818, possibly around the original inner maqdas.’
    • ‘When the church was consecrated in 1853 the offertory amounted to £54.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Church of Ireland congregation too had good reason to celebrate during 2004 with the Rededication of the Colliery Church after 175 years since it was first consecrated.’
    • ‘To mark the celebrations a huge congregation witnessed the church being consecrated.’
    • ‘But traditional Cherokees gather at various ‘stomp grounds,’ which are consecrated, ceremonial grounds.’
    • ‘Dominating the island is the huge St. Patrick's Basilica, which was consecrated in 1931 and was at that time the only church in Ireland with the title of Basilica.’
    • ‘Work on the cathedral began almost immediately; the Lady Chapel was consecrated in 1225, and the cathedral as a whole in 1258.’
    • ‘The location of the church, which was consecrated in 1488, had been a mystery, but a geophysical survey revealed possible lines of foundations and it was in the area adjacent to the present house, where the excavation took place.’
    • ‘It was at one time the custom to consecrate church bells in the expectation that their chimes would drive away thunderstorms and ensure safety from lightning.’
    • ‘Prayer has consecrated the walls of old chapels and new churches.’
    • ‘The church was consecrated by Pope Innocent IV in 1253.’
    • ‘In 1999, 2000 and 2001 he conducted three Innersearch journeys, consecrating new temples in Alaska, Trinidad and Denmark.’
    • ‘The new Infant Jesus Church will be consecrated on Thursday at Vivekanagar.’
    • ‘This baptist priest is consecrating a church before the congregation arrive.’
    1. 1.1 (in Christian belief) declare (bread and wine) to be or represent the body and blood of Christ.
      ‘they received the host but not the consecrated wine’
      • ‘It was reassuring to be among people who came in for some quiet minutes, their heads bowed toward the consecrated bread hidden beyond the altar that in some mysterious way had been made one with Christ during the Mass.’
      • ‘They rejected the sacrament of baptism and denied the presence of Christ in the Eucharist - the Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine.’
      • ‘Analogous, and I'm just using analogy rather loosely, analogous to how in Christianity or in Catholic Christianity, the consecrated host is said to embody the living presence of God.’
      • ‘After all, the consecrated bread had become body, and a body already contains blood.’
      • ‘And following Christ's lead at the Last Supper, it is not just grape juice, but wine that we consecrate when we come together for Mass.’
      • ‘If we reserve consecrated bread and wine and kneel before it, why should we not preserve the world with the same reverence?’
      • ‘Second, researchers could ask if Catholics believe that the consecrated bread and wine are symbols in which the body and blood of Christ are really present.’
      • ‘The bread and wine do not merely signify Christ's body and blood; the consecrated bread and wine are Christ's body and blood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They could conduct baptisms, weddings and funerals, but certain priestly functions were still forbidden, including consecrating the communion bread and wine.’
      • ‘After the priest consecrates the bread and wine, their accidents alone remain, without inhering in any substance.’
      • ‘In its first room were the lamp-stand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.’
      • ‘The only bread available was consecrated bread used in the tabernacle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His bodily gestures at the altar in presiding at the Eucharist, especially in consecrating the bread and wine, were important.’
    2. 1.2 Ordain (someone) to a sacred office, typically that of bishop.
      with object and complement ‘he was consecrated bishop of York’
      • ‘About 300 clergymen are said to be considering leaving the Church if the decision is taken to consecrate women bishops.’
      • ‘It was while in Rome that Pope Honorius the first consecrated him a bishop.’
      • ‘Appointed coadjutor bishop of New York in 1837, he was consecrated the following year.’
      • ‘It makes perfect sense he was consecrated as a bishop today, because he really stands out above the rest.’
      • ‘In 1952 he was consecrated as bishop of Durham, becoming archbishop of York in 1956 and finally of Canterbury in 1961.’
      • ‘He built a monastery at Ferns, Co. Wexford and was consecrated bishop circa 598.’
      • ‘Three of the four new bishops were consecrated by Archbishop Carroll in the fall of 1810, and there followed two weeks of meetings in what was an unofficial provincial council.’
      • ‘His call in a sermon in Leeds came on the 10th anniversary of the Act, as the campaign to allow women to be consecrated as bishops has reignited the controversy in the Anglican communion.’
      • ‘This disquiet was increasingly directed at Francis Redwood, who was consecrated as Bishop of Wellington in 1874.’
      • ‘The first woman bishop may be consecrated before 2010, opening the way eventually to the appointment of a woman Archbishop of Canterbury.’
      • ‘In fact, a bishop today is not consecrated but ordained.’
      • ‘We believe that if he is consecrated, the unity of the Church of England and Anglican Communion will be disrupted.’
      • ‘He was consecrated archbishop of Canterbury by Pope Vitalius in 668.’
      • ‘In June 1162 Becket was consecrated archbishop of Canterbury.’
      • ‘He was consecrated Bishop of Chester on 14 November 1668.’
      • ‘He had been appointed by Henry in 1163, but was never formally consecrated before being removed in 1172.’
      • ‘After ten years, in 1972, he was consecrated bishop of Nevada.’
      • ‘The clergy would be selected and paid by the State, but consecrated by the Church.’
      • ‘The newly consecrated candidates were to serve as missionary bishops to the United States, because of the perceived departure of the Episcopal Church from traditional Anglican standards on sexuality.’
      • ‘Some classical moralists debated whether such sins involving a priest consecrated both by ordination and by a vow of chastity constituted one or two sacrileges.’
      sanctify, bless, make holy, make sacred, hallow, set apart, dedicate to god
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    3. 1.3informal Devote (something) exclusively to a particular purpose.
      ‘the gun room was a male preserve, consecrated to sport’
      • ‘He has been consecrated by grace to God for God's own special use.’
      • ‘The third section is exclusively consecrated to nutrition and feeding, a very important part of animal production, and is divided into three chapters.’
      • ‘‘And so we send him away to God and consecrate him to this hallowed ground,’ the minister droned on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We consecrate this day, which now falls on the last Monday in May, to remember our fellow Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.’
      • ‘And we try to find meaning, make sense, create buildings with solid foundations, consecrate seminars to resolve some dilemmas of our time, including terrorism, nihilism, jealousy and hate.’
      • ‘She has consecrated her current season mainly to ‘singing in its purest form’, which means performing not opera but recitals and concerts.’
      • ‘What I wanted to say is that if you consecrate your life to invent another life, probably the first reason for dislocation is a certain kind of dissatisfaction with real life, with the real world.’
      • ‘Although these idealized monuments were consecrated to the dead, they addressed the living.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Detached action along with the fruits of this action is consecrated to God and this forms the basis of karma yoga.’
      • ‘He has consecrated his career to the impartial service of government, Tory or Labour, and all that time he never offered a single public opinion about the way that government was carried on.’
      dedicate, devote, give, give over, set aside, set apart, assign, allot, allocate, reserve, commit, apply, consign, pledge, vow, offer, surrender, sacrifice
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Late Middle English: from Latin consecrat- ‘dedicated, devoted as sacred’, from the verb consecrare, from con- (expressing intensive force) + sacrare ‘dedicate’, from sacer ‘sacred’.