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From Old French sacrer (“to consecrate, anoint, dedicate”), from Latin sacrāre, present active infinitive of sacrō, from sacer (“sacred, holy”), from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂krós (“sacred”), from *seh₂k- (“to sanctify, to make a treaty”).
- To consecrate, especially with reference to the Eucharist or to a person of holy office such as a bishop or king
- To sanctify, to make holy
- To dedicate to a god, or by extension to another being or person