Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make or set apart as holy.
  • transitive v. To respect or honor greatly; revere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A saint; a holy person; an apostle.
  • v. To make holy, to sanctify.
  • v. To shout, especially to urge on dogs for hunting.
  • n. A shout, cry; a hulloo.
  • adj. Alternative spelling of hollow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. render holy by means of religious rites

Etymologies

Middle English halwen, from Old English hālgian; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English halowen, from halow (interjection), from Old English ēalā ("O!, alas!, oh!, lo!", interjection), probably conflated with Old French halloer. (Wiktionary)

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