verb (used with object), con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing.
- to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
- to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
- to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
- to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
- to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
- consecrated; sacred.
- not having been made or declared sacred or holy
- to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
- to dedicate (one’s life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
- to ordain (a bishop)
- Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
- to cause to be respected or revered; veneratetime has consecrated this custom
- archaic consecrated
v.late 14c., from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare “to make holy, devote,” from com- “together” (see com-) + sacrare (see sacred). Related: Consecrated; consecrating.