ob·la·tion (ə-blāshən, ō-blā-)
1. The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks, to a deity.
a. The act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
b. Something offered, especially the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
3. A charitable offering or gift.
[Middle English oblacioun, from Old French oblacion, from Late Latin oblātiō, oblātiōn-, from Latin oblātus, past participle of offerre, to offer : ob-, ob- + lātus, brought; see telə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ob·lation·al, obla·to′ry (ŏblə-tôr′ē) adj.
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