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sacrificeverb

uk   us   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/

sacrifice verb (GIVE UP)

C1 [T] to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person: Many women sacrifice interesting careers for their family.
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sacrifice verb (KILL)

[I or T] to kill an animal or a person and offer them to a god or gods

sacrificenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/

sacrifice noun [C or U] (GIVING UP)

C1 the act of giving up something that is valuable to you in order to help someone else: We had to make sacrifices in order to pay for our children's education. They cared for their disabled son for 27 years, at great personal sacrifice.
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sacrifice noun [C or U] (KILLING)

the act of killing an animal or person and offering them to a god or gods, or the animal, etc. that is offered: The people offered a lamb on the altar as a sacrifice for their sins.
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