Definition of hallow
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
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 of hallow from the Web
This is the surveillance state writ large, with large corporations and the government in close cooperation, and hallowed by a warrant from a secret court that was supposed to be the last line of defense against this sort of thing.
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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
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Definition of hallow for Students
: to set apart for holy purposes : treat as sacred This ground is hallowed.
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