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"sacrifice" in British English

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sacrificeverb

uk   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/ us   /ˈsæk.rə.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 families.

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sacrificenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈsæk.rɪ.faɪs/ us   /ˈsæk.rə.faɪs/
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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(Definition of sacrifice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sacrifice" in American English

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sacrificeverb

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

sacrificenoun [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.
(Definition of sacrifice from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sacrifice" in Business English

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sacrificenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈsækrɪfaɪs/ us  
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?

sacrificeverb [ T]

uk   /ˈsækrɪfaɪs/ us  
to choose not to do or have something useful or important, in order to have something that is more important: We offer free advice to older people on the best way of paying for care fees without sacrificing savings and other personal assets.sacrifice sth for sth I was prepared to sacrifice my career for my family and my personal life.sacrifice sth to do sth He sacrificed his position as CEO in order to keep the company going.
(Definition of sacrifice from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“sacrifice” in Business English

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