Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make or set apart as holy.
  • transitive verb To respect or honor greatly; revere.
  • noun A holy person or saint.
  • noun A sacred or magical object.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To mark or set apart as holy; consecrate to holy or religious use; keep sacred; regard or treat as holy; reverence; adore; hold in solemn honor.
  • Synonyms Dedicate, Consecrate, etc. See devote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make holy; to set apart for holy or religious use; to consecrate; to treat or keep as sacred; to reverence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make holy, to sanctify.
  • noun archaic or dialectal A saint; a holy person; an apostle.
  • verb To shout, especially to urge on dogs for hunting.
  • noun A shout, cry; a hulloo.
  • adjective Alternative spelling of hollow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb render holy by means of religious rites

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English halwen, from Old English hālgian; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English halwen ("to hallow, sanctify"), from Old English hālgian ("to hallow, sanctify, make holy"), from Proto-Germanic *hailagōnan (“to make holy”), from *hailagaz (“holy”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, hale”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“safe, unharmed”). Cognate with Dutch heiligen ("to hallow"), German heiligen ("to bless"). More at holy.

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From Middle English halowen, from halow (interjection), from Old English ēalā ("O!, alas!, oh!, lo!", interjection), probably conflated with Old French halloer.

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