Friday, May 25, 2012

Word of the Week

1sac·ri·fice sækrəfaɪs/ noun
plural sac·ri·fic·es
the act of giving up something that you want to keep 
in order to get or do something else or to help someone [count
The war required everyone to make sacrifices. 
No sacrifice is too great when it comes to her children. 
  He made many personal sacrifices to provide help to the city's homeless people. 
  He made the final/supreme/ultimate sacrifice [=he died] for his country. [noncount]  
The war required much sacrifice from everyone. 
He provided help to the city's homeless people at great personal sacrifice (to himself).
2sacrifice verb
sacrifices; sacrificed; sacrific·ing
to give up (something that you want to keep) 
in order to get or do something else or to help someone [+ obj]  
She's had to sacrifice a lot for her family.  
He sacrificed his personal life in order to get ahead in his career. 
  I want to follow a diet that is healthful without sacrificing taste. 
  She was able to ask for their help without sacrificing her dignity. 
  They sacrificed their lives [=they died] for their country. [no obj
  She was willing to suffer, sacrifice, and work for success.
From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary Online 

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