Meaning of consecrate

con•se•crate

Pronunciation: (kon'si-krāt"), [key]
— v., adj. -crat•ed, -crat•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
  2. to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
  3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
  4. to admit or ordain to a sacred office, esp. to the episcopate.
  5. to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
—adj.
  1. consecrated; sacred.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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