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hallow

verb hal·low \ˈha-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of HALLOW

transitive verb
1
:  to make holy or set apart for holy use
2
:  to respect greatly :  venerate

Examples of HALLOW

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

Origin 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>.

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with HALLOW

HALLOW Defined for Kids

hallow

verb hal·low \ˈha-lō\
hal·lowedhal·low·ing

Definition of HALLOW for Kids

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

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