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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

Examples from the Web for hallowing

Historical Examples

  • Thank God for this authorization and hallowing of our recollections.

    Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews

    Handley C.G. Moule

  • Instead of hallowing the life it will debase and impoverish it.

  • The Hallowing of Cramp Rings was not unlike the king's touch.

  • Even in the presence of death, the hallowing spirit of beauty is felt.

  • I, that have felt the kiss of his hallowing lips—that have slept on his kingly heart—I!


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for hallowing


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 hallowing



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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