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sacrifice

sac·ri·fice

sacrifice

 
 
pronunciation:
sae kr faIs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the surrender of something valuable or beloved as an act of devotion or in exchange for some perceived higher good.
They never complained about the sacrifices they made for their children.He made the ultimate sacrifice of giving up his life for what he believed.Giving up her spare room was a sacrifice, but she wanted to help her nephew.
similar words:
expense, offering, renunciation
definition 2: the offering of some living thing or material possession to a deity as an act of worship, atonement for sin, or propitiation.
They worshiped their god with the sacrifice of animals.
similar words:
hecatomb, libation, love, oblation, offering, victim
definition 3: something or someone offered or given up as a sacrifice.
He laid the sacrifice on the altar.
similar words:
cost, expense, holocaust, libation, martyr, oblation, offering, toll
definition 4: the loss incurred when something is sold below cost or value, or the thing so relinquished.
They sold the remaining merchandise at a sacrifice.
similar words:
loss
definition 5: in baseball, a hit that allows someone already on base to advance, though the hitter is put out.
Thanks to Garcia's sacrifice, the runner on third was able to score.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sacrificed, sacrifices, sacrificing
definition 1: to allow to be taken away, damaged, or destroyed for the sake of some perceived higher good.
He is sacrificing his time to help others.She sacrificed her vacation to tend to her grandmother.They sacrificed their lives for their country.
similar words:
forfeit, forgo, give, relinquish, renounce
definition 2: to make an offering of; give up out of devotion, as atonement or propitiation; surrender.
They sacrificed the lamb to their god.
similar words:
immolate, martyr, renounce, surrender
definition 3: to allow to be sold or destroyed regardless of losses that might be incurred.
The store is sacrificing its inventory to make room for renovations.
similar words:
forfeit, relinquish
definition 4: in baseball, to enable (a base runner) to advance by hitting a sacrifice bunt or fly.
He bunted in an attempt to sacrifice the runner on second.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make an offering or suffer a loss out of devotion or desire for some higher good, or as atonement or propitiation.
We all sacrificed during the war.
definition 2: in baseball, to make a hit that allows a teammate already on base to advance, though the hitter is put out.
He got a hit in the first inning and sacrificed in the third.
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derivations: sacrificeable (adj.), sacrificer (n.)
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