Etymology:[ 'ha-(")lO ] (transitive verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English halwe (“a saint, holy thing, shrine”), from Old English hālga (“saint”), from Proto-Germanic *hailagô (“holy one”), from *hailagaz (“holy”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, hale”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“safe, unharmed”). Cognate with German Heilige (“saint”). More at holy, whole.
Synonyms:anoint, beatify, bless, dedicate, praise, sanctify
Tenses:hallows, hallowing, hallowed
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