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English definition of “sacrifice”


noun [C or U]     /ˈsækrɪfaɪs/
something useful or important that you choose not to do or have, in order to have something that is more important: make sacrifices Most workers have made sacrifices to keep the company alive. The economy is starting to grow and, after six years of sacrifice, to deliver higher incomes. Are the financial savings worth the personal sacrifice?
(Definition of sacrifice noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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