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Dictionary definition for: Sacrifice

1. (n) the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

2. (v) endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children" "I gave two sons to the war"

3. (n) personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)

4. (v) kill or destroy; "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment" "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"

5. (n) a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value; "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"

6. (v) sell at a loss

7. (n) the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

8. (v) make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals

9. (n) (sacrifice) an out that advances the base runners

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