Con"se*crate (?), a. [L. consceratus, p.p. of conscerare to conscerate; con- + sacrare to consecrate, sacer sacred. See Sacred.]

Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.

They were assembled in that consecrate place. Bacon.

 

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Con"se*crate (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Consecrated; p.pr. & vb.n. Consecrating.]

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.

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.

Burke.

Syn. -- See Addict.

 

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