sacrifice (someone or something) for (someone or something else)

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sacrifice (someone or something) for (someone or something else)

1. To give up, relinquish, or surrender someone or something in order to obtain someone or something, benefit someone or something, or achieve some purpose. I had to sacrifice my favorite three baseball cards to get my hands on the ultra-rare Mickey Mantle card Tom was carrying. He sacrificed a lot of opportunities for you, and this is how you repay him? I don't mind sacrificing a weekend for a chance to win a million dollars on TV.
2. To permit harm, death, destruction, or failure to someone or something in order to obtain something or for some purpose. Their government is clearly willing to sacrifice its citizens for this foolish war. Sarah sacrificed a lot of friendships and relationships for her place at the head of the company.
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sacrifice someone or something for someone or something

to forfeit someone or something for the sake of someone or something. Surely you won't sacrifice your dear wife for a silly twit like Francine! Would you sacrifice your bank account for a chance to go to Europe?
See also: for, sacrifice
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"The people make sacrifices and are ready to make sacrifices for their soul, but not for murder," he added, instinctively connecting the conversation with the ideas that had been absorbing his mind.
Islamabad -- ISLAMABAD: The security personnel of Pakistan have rendered great sacrifices for maintaining law and order and its officials have written a golden chapter in the history to counter the menace of terrorism.
Some parents make great sacrifices for their children but attempt to use those sacrifices to create guilt by which they can manipulate their children.
My sister and her husband have made and still make a great many sacrifices for these children--months of sleeplessness until the crack babies stopped crying, many years of spending their evenings tutoring one children after another with homework, their afternoons and weekends at doctors, dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and carpooling, sports teams and church groups, This is not to mention the comfortable lifestyle they gave up and retirement savings that began to dwindle visibly sometime midway through their adoptions.
He said merged districts were affected the most by the fight against terrorism, while the Levies and Khasadar forces, which had been merged with police, rendered huge sacrifices for peace.
Pakistan Army, Badin DC and police department presented gifts to the parents of martyrs and highlighted their sacrifices for Pakistan, in the connection of 6th September on Tuesday.
Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and companions gave great sacrifices for the right in Karbala.
She loves us dearly that she will go through sacrifices for our family life.' -Bethany de Sagun, Ateneo de Davao
Transferred to a secular context, people who have suffered or lost their lives in the service of a nation or political cause can be said to have made sacrifices for that nation or cause.
Problematically, the intuition that self-sacrifice for the sake of some project indicates its moral worth may lead us to make additional sacrifices for the sake of causes which were wrong-headed from the start.
Van Lange and colleagues (Van Lange, Agnew, Harinck, & Steemers, 1997; Van Lange, Rusbult, et al., 1997) found that individuals with a heightened sense of commitment toward their relationship were more likely to make substantial sacrifices for their partners.
That which (and whom and Whom) we love, we will make great sacrifices for, indeed.
Individual members agree to make short-run personal sacrifices for the long-run common good.
In his message on the first death anniversary of martyrs of The Mall blast, the CM said: 'The nation will never forget the sacrifices of such brave officers.' He added: 'They have given immortal sacrifices for a greater cause and the sacrifices of the martyrs will be remembered forever.
Evan Uy said, "I hope and pray that politicians repent from their sins and do their sacrifices for the welfare of others, especially those who are in need and not the need of their pockets.