transitive verb Etymology: Middle English halowen, from Old English hālgian, from hālig holy — more at holy Date: before 12th century 1. to make holy or set apart for holy use 2. to respect greatly ; venerate Synonyms: see devote

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  • hallow — index dedicate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hallow — (v.) O.E. halgian to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain, related to halig holy, from P.Gmc. *hailaga (Cf. O.S. helagon, M.Du. heligen, O.N. helga), from PIE root *kailo whole, uninjured, of good omen (see HEALTH (Cf. health)). Used… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hallow — vb consecrate, dedicate, *devote Contrasted words: see those at CONSECRATE …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hallow — ► VERB 1) make holy; consecrate. 2) honour as holy. 3) (hallowed) greatly revered. ► NOUN archaic ▪ a saint or holy person. ORIGIN Old English, related to HOLY(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • hallow — hallow1 [hal′ō] vt. [ME halowen < OE halgian (used for L sanctificare) < Gmc base of halig (see HOLY): akin to Ger heiligen] 1. to make holy or sacred; sanctify; consecrate 2. to regard as holy; honor as sacred; venerate SYN. DEVOTE hallow2 …   English World dictionary

  • hallow — hal•low [[t]ˈhæl oʊ[/t]] v. t. lowed, low•ing 1) to make holy; sanctify; consecrate: to hallow the name of the Lord[/ex] 2) to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate: to hallow a battlefield[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 900; ME hal(o)wen, OE hālgian… …   From formal English to slang

  • hallow — hallow1 hallower, n. /hal oh/, v.t. 1. to make holy; sanctify; consecrate. 2. to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate: to hallow a battlefield. [bef. 900; ME hal(o)wen, OE halgian (c. G heiligen, ON helga), deriv. of halig HOLY] …   Universalium

  • hallow — [OE] Hallow is essentially the same word as holy. The noun, as in Halloween, the eve of All Hallows, or All Saints, comes from a noun use of Old English Hālig, which as an adjective developed into modern English holy; and the verb was formed in… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • hallow —   Ho ola a.    ♦ To hallow, hō ihi, ho ola a.    ♦ Hallowed, ho āno (see ano) …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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