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consecrate (verb) dedicate; sanctify; declare as holy.

When a building is declared holy at a religious ceremony, the building is consecrated. It will from then be used as a church, as a temple, or as a place for holy activities. After the completion of the building of the temple, when it is consecrated at a religious ceremony, it is treated as holy. It will be used only for holy or religious purposes. When a person is declared as a priest or a bishop at a religious ceremony, the person is consecrated.

  • The temple, built at an enormous cost and with stunning architecture, was consecrated early this morning and a large number of devotees offered their worship at the place.
  • The young man, consecrated bishop only recently, declared that he would henceforth dedicate his life to the service of God.
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