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sacrifice

verb uk   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/ us  

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.Stop having or doing something

sacrifice verb (KILL)

[I or T] to kill an animal or a person and offer them to a god or godsKillingMurder and attempted murderReligious practices

sacrifice

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/ us  

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.Stop having or doing something

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.KillingMurder and attempted murderReligious practices
(Definition of sacrifice from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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