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Definition 1: the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for sacrifice in the sense of this definition

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) the act of terminating a life

(... is a kind of sacrifice ) a great sacrifice; an ancient Greek or Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen

(... is a kind of sacrifice ) killing or offering as a sacrifice

(sacrifice belongs to category ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Definition 2: the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc. - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for sacrifice in the sense of this definition

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) something that people do or cause to happen

Definition 3: (baseball) an out that advances the base runners - [noun denoting act]

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout)

"the first baseman made 15 putouts"

(... is a kind of sacrifice ) a sacrifice made by hitting a long fly ball

(sacrifice belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 4: personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective) - [noun denoting event]

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) military personnel lost by death or capture

Definition 5: a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where sacrifice or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) something that is lost

"the car was a total loss" "loss of livestock left the rancher bankrupt"

Definition 6: kill or destroy - [verb of contact]

Samples where sacrifice or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The animals were sacrificed after the experiment
  • The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

"This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank" "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

Definition 7: endure the loss of - [verb of possession]

Samples where sacrifice or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He gave his life for his children
  • I gave two sons to the war

Synonyms for sacrifice in the sense of this definition

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) part with a possession or right

"I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest" "resign a claim to the throne"

(sacrifice has a similar meaning as ...) dedicate

"give thought to" "give priority to" "pay attention to"

(sacrifice has a similar meaning as ...) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

"She committed herself to the work of God" "give one's talents to a good cause" "consecrate your life to the church"

Definition 8: make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals - [verb of possession]

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) present as an act of worship

"offer prayers to the gods"

(... is a kind of sacrifice ) offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction

"The Aztecs immolated human victims" "immolate the valuables at the temple"

Definition 9: sell at a loss - [verb of possession]

(sacrifice is a kind of ...) exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

"He sold his house in January" "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"

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