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sacrifice

sac·ri·fice

sacrifice

 
pronunciation:
sae kr faIs
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of giving up something of great value to show loyalty or deep affection.
Nick's parents made sacrifices so they could pay for his college education.
similar words:
expense, offering
definition 2: the gift of something to a god as an act of worship.
The sacrifice of animals is not a common practice today.
similar words:
love, offering
definition 3: a person, animal, or thing offered as a sacrifice.
Odysseus laid the sacrifice to Athena on the altar.
similar words:
cost, expense, holocaust, martyr, offering, toll
definition 4: a hit in the game of baseball that lets a player already on base move forward, even though the player hitting the ball is put out.
Thanks to Garcia's sacrifice, the runner on third was able to score.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: sacrificed, sacrifices, sacrificing
definition 1: to allow to be taken away for the sake of something or someone else.
She sacrificed her vacation to take care of her grandmother.
similar words:
forfeit, give
definition 2: to make an offering of to a god.
Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son, Isaac.
similar words:
martyr, surrender
definition 3: to make a hit in the game of baseball that lets a player who is already on base move ahead, even though the player hitting is put out.
Garcia sacrificed in the ninth inning.
derivations: sacrificeable (adj.), sacrificer (n.)
Word Parts
The word sacrifice contains the following parts:
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".
sacr, sacri, secr Latin root that means holy