Definition of Sacrifice in English :

Define Sacrifice in English

Sacrifice meaning in English

Meaning of Sacrifice in English

Pronunciation of Sacrifice in English

Sacrifice pronunciation in English

Pronounce Sacrifice in English


see synonyms of sacrifice


1. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice

the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

2. sacrifice

personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)

3. sacrifice

a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value

Example Sentences:
'he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice'

4. ritual killing, sacrifice

the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

5. sacrifice

(baseball) an out that advances the base runners


6. give, sacrifice

endure the loss of

Example Sentences:
'He gave his life for his children'
'I gave two sons to the war'

7. sacrifice

kill or destroy

Example Sentences:
'The animals were sacrificed after the experiment'
'The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment'

8. sacrifice

sell at a loss

9. sacrifice

make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of sacrifice
a surrender of something of value as a means of gaining something more desirable or of preventing some evil
a ritual killing of a person or animal with the intention of propitiating or pleasing a deity
a symbolic offering of something to a deity
the person, animal, or object surrendered, destroyed, killed, or offered
a religious ceremony involving one or more sacrifices
loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
7. chess
the act or an instance of sacrificing a piece
to make a sacrifice (of); give up, surrender, or destroy (a person, thing, etc)
9. chess
to permit or force one's opponent to capture (a piece) freely, as in playing a combination or gambit
he sacrificed his queen and checkmated his opponent on the next move

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see synonyms of sacrifice
the act of offering the life of a person or animal, or some object, in propitiation of or homage to a deity
something so offered
the act of giving up, destroying, permitting injury to, or forgoing something valued for the sake of something having a more pressing claim
a thing so given up, etc.
a selling or giving up of something at less than its supposed value
the loss incurred
4.  US, Baseball
a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈsacriˌficed or ˈsacriˌficing
to offer as a sacrifice to God or a god
to give up, destroy, permit injury to, or forgo (something valued) for the sake of something having a more pressing claim
to sell at less than the supposed value
8.  US, Baseball
to advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice
verb intransitive
to offer or make a sacrifice
10.  US, Baseball
to execute a sacrifice

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of sacrifice
1. To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
2. To give up (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
3. To sell or give away at a loss.
4. To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
1. To offer a sacrifice: The Greek warriors sacrificed to their gods.
2. To make a sacrifice: parents sacrificing for their children.
3. Baseball To make a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
a. The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.
b. A victim offered in this way.
a. The act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim: Social activism often involves tremendous sacrifice.
b. Something given up in this way.
a. Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.
b. Something so relinquished.
c. A loss so sustained.
4. Baseball A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
v. sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing, sac·ri·fic·es

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