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.
Syn: -- See Addict.
Con·se·crate a. Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
They were assembled in that consecrate place. --Bacon.
adj : solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a
life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel";
"a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II" [syn:
consecrated, dedicated] [ant: desecrated]
v 1: appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
[syn: ordain, ordinate, order]
2: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She
committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents
to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
[syn: give, dedicate, commit, devote]
3: dedicate to a deity by a vow [syn: vow]
4: render holy by means of religious rites [syn: bless, hallow,
sanctify] [ant: desecrate]