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Etymology

From Latin sacrificium, the noun sacrifice, from the verb sacrificare, from sacer, sacred, + -ficium, deed, from the verb facere, do or make.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to sacrifice

Third person singular
sacrific

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to sacrifice (third-person singular simple present sacrific, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To offer as a gift to a deity.
  2. To give away something valuable to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
    • “Don’t you break my heart / ’Cause I sacrifice to make you happy.” - From the song Baby Don’t You Do It by Marvin Gaye
    • “God sacrificed His only-begotten Son, so that all people might have eternal life.”
  3. To trade a value of higher worth for one of lesser worth; to sell without profit.
    • "If you trade a penny for a dollar, it is not a sacrifice, if you trade a dollar for a penny, it is" - from the book Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand.
  4. (chess) To intentionally give up a piece in order to improve one’s position on the board.
  5. (baseball) To advance a runner on base by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.

Synonyms

to sell without profit

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Noun

Singular
sacrifice

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  1. Something sacrificed.
  2. (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.

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