Middle English Dictionary Entry

sacrifīen v.
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(a) To offer a sacrifice before a deity, perform sacrificial rites; ~ togeder, ?make a collective sacrifice; (b) to offer (sb. or sth., the life of a victim) to a deity as a sacrifice; also fig.; pour out (a libation); slay (a sacrificial victim); offer (sth.) to a divinity; ~ in (to), to dedicate (sth.) to (a deity or divine power); (c) to offer (a sacrifice of justice), give (an offering of praise, etc.) in sacrifice; (d) theol. of Christ: ben sacrified, to be offered as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
Eccl.: (a) To consecrate (the body of Christ) in the Mass; (b) to consecrate (a bishop) to office.