hallow

verb
hal·​low | \ˈha-(ˌ)lō \
hallowed; hallowing; hallows

Definition of hallow 

transitive verb

1 : to make holy or set apart for holy use

2 : to respect greatly : venerate the most hallowed of all law-enforcement agencies— Dwight MacDonald

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hallow

Synonyms

bless, consecrate, sanctify

Antonyms

deconsecrate, desanctify

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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

Examples of hallow in a Sentence

Lincoln's memorable words at the Gettysburg battlefield, “we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground”.

Recent Examples on the Web

The leaders of Abundant Life plan to celebrate the 250th anniversary of First Reformed with a reconsecration ceremony, a chance to fire up the rusty old organ and hallow these halls anew, in memory of those who built them centuries ago. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "The bracing 'First Reformed,' starring a superb Ethan Hawke, resurrects Paul Schrader's career," 17 May 2018 Industrial comebacks are possible The country’s industrial heartland can appear hallowed-out, based on statistics and its portrayal in the media. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018 Telling about the Holocaust as an end in itself hallows the slavery without the Exodus. Ruth R. Wisse, WSJ, "To Appreciate Freedom, Remember Slavery," 29 Mar. 2018 Shrine is defined as a place in which devotion is paid; a place hallowed by its associations. San Antonio Express-News, "Q & A: Meet your Texas Land Commissioner candidates," 11 Feb. 2018 Now, though, cable-stay bridges have started to fill the gray area and even push against ground traditionally hallowed for suspension bridges. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Smart Design and Super Materials Are Stretching Bridges," 3 Jan. 2013 Carmen de Lavallade, a legendary dancer who became one of the first African-American prima ballerinas to perform at New York’s hallowed Metropolitan Opera, is finally being awarded a Kennedy Center Honor. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Another Kennedy Center Honoree Is Boycotting Trump’s Reception," 18 Aug. 2017 Carmen de Lavallade, a legendary dancer who became one of the first African-American prima ballerinas to perform at New York’s hallowed Metropolitan Opera, is finally being awarded a Kennedy Center Honor. Yohana Desta, vanityfair.com, "Another Kennedy Center Honoree Is Boycotting Trump’s Reception," 18 Aug. 2017 The label features the four city stars and a silhouette of the skyline, which is a bold move since ultimately the product will ruin that most-hallowed of Chicago food institutions, the Chicago-style hot dog. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Heinz trying to woo Chicagoans to do the unthinkable: Put ketchup on their hot dogs," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of hallow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hallow

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

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hallow

verb
hal·​low | \ˈha-lō \
hallowed; hallowing

Kids Definition of hallow

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

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