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verb (used with object)
  1. to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
  2. to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate: to hallow a battlefield.
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Origin of hallow1

before 900; Middle English hal(o)wen, Old English hālgian (cognate with German heiligen, Old Norse helga), derivative of hālig holy
Related formshal·low·er, noun


interjection, noun, verb (used with or without object)
  1. hallo.
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Related Words

sanctify, bless, beatify, dedicate, praise, anoint

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verb (tr)
  1. to consecrate or set apart as being holy
  2. to venerate as being holy
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Derived Formshallower, noun

Word Origin

Old English hālgian, from hālig holy
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Word Origin and History for hallow


Old English halgian "to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain," related to halig "holy," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (see health). Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning "holy person, saint." Related: Hallowed; hallowing.

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