- the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.
- the person, animal, or thing so offered.
- the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
- the thing so surrendered or devoted.
- a loss incurred in selling something below its value.
- Also called sacrifice bunt, sacrifice hit. Baseball. a bunt made when there are fewer than two players out, not resulting in a double play, that advances the base runner nearest home without an error being committed if there is an attempt to put the runner out, and that results in either the batter's being put out at first base, reaching first on an error made in the attempt for the put-out, or being safe because of an attempt to put out another runner.
—verb (used with object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.
- to make a sacrifice or offering of.
- to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else.
- to dispose of (goods, property, etc.) regardless of profit.
- Baseball. to cause the advance of (a base runner) by a sacrifice