1. Console is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun (= panel, cabinet, etc.), and on the second syllable as a verb (= ‘to comfort’). The words have different origins: the noun from Latin solidus ‘solid’ (cf. consolidate) and the verb from Latin solari ‘to soothe’.
2. The verb console means ‘to comfort’ and takes an object or can be used absolutely:

• David has us to console him —A. Price, 1976

• Always ready to comfort and console —N. Grainger, 2004.

It should not be confused with the less common word condole, which means ‘to express sympathy’, and is followed by with:

• The priest came to condole with Madeleine —Michele Roberts, 1993.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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