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tr.v. con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, con·se·crates
1. To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
2. Christianity
a. To sanctify (bread and wine) for Eucharistic use through a ritual regarded by some Christian churches as effecting transubstantiation.
b. To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops.
3. To dedicate solemnly to a service or goal. See Synonyms at devote.
4. To make venerable; hallow: a tradition consecrated by time.
Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified.

[Middle English consecraten, from Latin cōnsecrāre, cōnsecrāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sacrāre, to make sacred (from sacer, sacr-, sacred; see sak- in Indo-European roots).]

con′se·cra′tive adj.
con′se·cra′tor n.
con′se·cra·to′ry (-krə-tôr′ē) adj.
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