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[hal-oh] /ˈhæl oʊ/

verb (used with object)
to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate:
to hallow a battlefield.
[huh-loh] /həˈloʊ/
interjection, noun, verb (used with or without object)
verb (transitive)
to consecrate or set apart as being holy
to venerate as being holy

in All-Hallows, a survival of hallow in the noun sense of “holy personage, saint,” attested from Old English haligra but little used after c.1500. Hallowmas “All-saints” is first attested late 14c.

Old English halgian “to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain,” related to halig “holy,” from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- “whole, uninjured, of good omen” (see health). Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning “holy person, saint.” Related: Hallowed; hallowing.

to render sacred, to consecrate (Ex. 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means “to make holy.” The name of God is “hallowed”, i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matt. 6:9).


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