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noun 
  1. Something sacrificed.
  2. (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
verb (sacrific, ing)
  1. To offer as a gift to a deity.
  2. To give away more or less altruistically 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.
    • "If you trade a penny for a dollar, it is not a , if you trade a dollar for a penny, it is." - From the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
    • "Don't you break my heart / 'Cause I 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."
    • (Chess) To intentionally give up a piece in order to improve one's position on the board.
    • (baseball) To advance a runner on base by bat, batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
      1. To sell without profit.
Etymology: From Latin sacrificium, the noun sacrifice, from the verb sacrificare, from sacer, sacred, + -ficium, deed, from the verb facere, do or make.


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