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noun British English pronunciation: sacrifice /ˈsækrɪfaɪs/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the act of giving up something important or valuable so that you or other people can do or have something else

    Most of the speeches on D-Day will focus on the sacrifice of the World War II generation.

    make sacrifices:

    Making sacrifices is part of bringing up children.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the act of killing a person or animal as part of a ceremony to honour a god or spirit

    Animal sacrifice is an important ritual in this religion.

    1. a.
      [countable] a person or animal killed to honour a god or spirit

      Goats were offered as sacrifices to the gods.

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