The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consecrate \Con"se*crate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consecrated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Consecrating.]
1. To make, or declare to be, sacred; to appropriate to
sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the
service or worship of God; as, to consecrate a church; to
give (one's self) unreservedly, as to the service of God.
One day in the week is . . . consecrated to a holy
2. To set apart to a sacred office; as, to consecrate a
Thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons. --Ex.
3. To canonize; to exalt to the rank of a saint; to enroll
among the gods, as a Roman emperor.
4. To render venerable or revered; to hallow; to dignify; as,
rules or principles consecrated by time. --Burke.
Syn: See Addict.