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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.
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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

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.
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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.
Translations of “sacrifice”
in Korean 희생, 제물…
in Arabic تَضْحِية, أُضْحِية…
in French sacrifice…
in Turkish fedakârlık, özveri, kurban olma…
in Italian sacrificio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 放棄, 犧牲, 獻出…
in Russian жертва, жертвоприношение…
in Polish poświęcenie, ofiara…
in Spanish sacrificio…
in Portuguese sacrifício…
in German das Opfer…
in Catalan sacrifici…
in Japanese 犠牲, いけにえ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 放弃, 牺牲, 献出…
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