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.

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

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  • verb render holy by means of religious rites


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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  • Tabernacle; and first, the holy place, which the priests daily entered and which is called in verse 16 'the tent of meeting,' and next, the altar of burnt offering in the outer court, are in like manner sprinkled seven times with the blood, to 'hallow' them 'from the uncleanness of the children of Israel' (verse 19).

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  • Our evenings were such as hallow and make the luxury of cottage life -- evenings yielded up to cheerfulness, to content and harmony.

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