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hallow

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verb hal·low \ˈha-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of hallow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make holy or set apart for holy use

  3. 2 :  to respect greatly :  venerate



Examples of hallow in a sentence

  1. <Lincoln's memorable words at the Gettysburg battlefield, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground.>



Origin and Etymology of hallow

Middle English halowen, from Old English hālgian, from hālig holy — more at holy


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of hallow

devote, dedicate, consecrate, hallow mean to set apart for a special and often higher end. devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective <devoted his evenings to study>. dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose <dedicated her life to medical research>. consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality <consecrate a church to the worship of God>. hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity <battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots>.

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Rhymes with hallow


HALLOW Defined for Kids

hallow

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verb hal·low \ˈha-lō\

Definition of hallow for Students

hallowed

hallowing

  1. :  to set apart for holy purposes :  treat as sacred <This ground is hallowed.>





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