v.make the ultimate/supreme sacrifice; die a martyr's death
He laid down his life on the battlefield.
She sacrificed her life for national liberation.
He died for his country.
v.give up (something as a means of gaining something more desirable); do something at the expense of
He gave up his spare time to catch up on machine repairs.
He sacrificed his own interests for everyone.
She sacrificed her fortune to save herself.
n.a beast slaughtered for sacrifice; sacrificial animal
Cattle and sheep are the most common beasts slaughtered for sacrifice.
- Note"牺牲" is different from "赴死". "赴死" is a neutral word; "牺牲" is a commendatory word.