from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
- transitive v. Christianity To produce the ritual transformation of (the elements of the Eucharist) into the body and blood of Jesus.
- transitive v. Christianity To sanctify (bread and wine) for use in Communion.
- transitive v. Christianity To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops.
- transitive v. To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal. See Synonyms at devote.
- transitive v. To make venerable; hallow: a tradition consecrated by time.
- adj. Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified.
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- v. To declare, or otherwise make something holy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To set apart to a sacred office.
- transitive v. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
- transitive v. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or declare sacred with certain ceremonies or rites; appropriate to sacred uses or employments; set apart, dedicate, or devote to the service of the Deity: as, to consecrate a church; to consecrate the eucharistic elements. See consecration, 1.
- Specifically, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, to initiate solemnly into the order of bishops, as a priest. See consecration, . To devote or dedicate from profound feeling or a religious motive: as, his life was consecrated to the service of the poor.
- To make revered or worshiped, or highly regarded; hallow: as, a custom consecrated by time.
- To place among the gods; apotheosize.
- To enroll among the saints; canonize.
- Sacred; consecrated; devoted; dedicated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. appoint to a clerical posts
- v. dedicate to a deity by a vow
- v. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
- adj. solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
- v. render holy by means of religious rites
Etymology: de - + - secrate (as in consecrate) to violate the sanctity of
Those who adopt the calling consecrate themselves to it by some religious ceremony, and ever after are connected with the temples.
We all know that to consecrate is to set apart for holy service.
Having said that, should such individuals choose to have a minister, imam, priest, rabbi, shaman or wiccan "consecrate" the affair - after the fact that's their own business.
Heck, we were warned before our wedding vows that the word is "consecrate", not "constipate".
Oh! -- to the really 'consecrate' in heart and thought I could give my life so easily, so slavishly even!
He remarks that the Hebrew verb to ban is sometimes rendered "consecrate": Micah iv.
"A night of memories and sighs" he might "consecrate" to his lost lady love, as Landor did to Rose Aylmer.
The only difference between the application of the same term to Christ and the disciples is, as applied to Christ, that it means only to "consecrate"; whereas, in application to the disciples, it means to consecrate with the additional idea of previous sanctification, since nothing but what is holy can be presented as an offering.
The root word would be 'consecrate' and you put before and after that word a lot of additions, creating this complex meaning.