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Verb: sacrifice  'sa-kru,fIs
  1. Endure the loss of
    "He sacrificed his life for his children";
    - give
  2. Kill or destroy
    "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
  3. Sell at a loss
  4. Make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
Noun: sacrifice  'sa-kru,fIs
  1. The act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    - forfeit, forfeiture
  2. Personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
  3. A loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
    "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"
  4. The act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
    - ritual killing
  5. (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

Derived forms: sacrificing, sacrifices, sacrificed

Type of: act, deed, flog [Brit, informal], free, give up, human action, human activity, kill, killing, loss, offer, offer up, personnel casualty, putout, putting to death, release, relinquish, resign, sell

Encyclopedia: Sacrifice