|Origin:||Latin sacrificium, from sacer ( SACRED) + facere 'to make'|
1 [uncountable and countable]
when you decide not to have something valuable, in order to get something that is more important:
The minister stressed the need for economic sacrifice.
The workforce were willing to make sacrifices in order to preserve jobs.
She brought three children up single-handedly, often at great personal sacrifice.
a) [uncountable and countable]
the act of offering something to a god, especially in the past, by killing an animal or person in a religious ceremony:
They made sacrifices to ensure a good harvest.