consecrate

Consecrate means to make holy or to dedicate to a higher purpose. You need to consecrate a building to turn it into a church, but you can also consecrate a week in New York City to the pursuit of the perfect bagel.

The secr part of consecrate comes from the Latin sacer "sacred." Remember that something consecrated is dedicated to God and thus sacred. And then remember that the meanings of words tend to stretch; over time this one moved from "dedicated to God" to "dedicated to whatever": jelly donuts, the perfect tan, finding a solution to Rubik's Cube.

Definitions of consecrate
1

v give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

consecrate your life to the church”
Synonyms:
commit, dedicate, devote, give
give
offer in good faith
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
Types:
vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
rededicate
dedicate anew
apply
apply oneself to
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v dedicate to a deity by a vow

Synonyms:
vow
Type of:
commit, dedicate, devote, give
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

v render holy by means of religious rites

Synonyms:
bless, hallow, sanctify
Antonyms:
deconsecrate, desecrate, unhallow
remove the consecration from a person or an object
Types:
reconsecrate
consecrate anew, as after a desecration
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively

v appoint to a clerical posts

Synonyms:
ordain, order, ordinate
Type of:
enthrone, invest, vest
provide with power and authority

adj solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose

Synonyms:
consecrated, dedicated
ordained
invested with ministerial or priestly functions
votive
dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
holy
belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
sacred
concerned with religion or religious purposes
Antonyms:
desecrated
treated with contempt
deconsecrated
divested of consecration
profaned, violated
treated irreverently or sacrilegiously
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