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sacrifice

verb  us   /ˈsæk·rəˌfɑɪs/

sacrifice verb (GIVE UP)

[T] to give up something for something else considered more important: He sacrificed his vacations to work on his book.

sacrifice verb (OFFER A LIFE)

[I/T] to offer the life of an animal or a person to a god or gods in the hope of pleasing them, usually as part of a ceremony

sacrifice

noun [C/U]  us   /ˈsæk·rəˌfɑɪs/

sacrifice noun [C/U] (OFFERING OF LIFE)

the act of offering the life of an animal or a person to a god or gods in the hope of pleasing them, or the animal or person that is offered: [U] animal/ritual sacrifice

sacrifice noun [C/U] (GIVING UP SOMETHING)

the act of giving up something for something else considered more important: [C] My parents made many sacrifices to pay for my college education.
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