- (transitive) To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
- (transitive) To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
- “Don’t you break my heart / ’Cause I sacrifice to make you happy.” - From the song Baby Don’t You Do It by Marvin Gaye
- “God sacrificed His only-begotten Son, so that all people might have eternal life.” (a paraphrase of John 3:16).
- (transitive) To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.
- "If you trade a penny for a dollar, it is not a sacrifice, if you trade a dollar for a penny, it is" - from the book Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand.
- (transitive, chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one’s position on the board.
- (transitive, baseball) To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
to offer as a gift to a deity
to give away something valuable in order to gain something else of value
to sell without profit
chess: to give up a piece to improve position
baseball: to advance a player by placing another out
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sacrifice (plural sacrifices)
- Something sacrificed.
- (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
sacrifice m (plural sacrifices)