Definition of covenant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌv(ə)nənt/


1An agreement: there was a covenant between them that her name was never to be mentioned
More example sentences
  • But the fact that he is abusing the marriage covenant does not mean the marriage covenant does not exist.
  • This covenant belongs to the community as much as it belongs to the man and woman who enter it.
  • The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family.
1.1 Law A formal agreement, contract, or promise in writing, especially one undertaking to make regular payments to a charity.
Example sentences
  • The release was in consideration of ‘payments and covenants herein’.
  • Meaning of the fundamental covenants and treaties were adopted by Australian governments decades ago.
  • They can check if any deeds or covenants exist on neighbouring plots, which may restrict site access.
1.2 Law A clause in a contract drawn up by deed.
Example sentences
  • In the lease the lessee's covenants were contained in clause 4.
  • The risk fee covenant clause is associated with the incentive fees on contract.
  • Finally, a fee risk covenant clause is included in the contract.
1.3 Theology An agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David.
Example sentences
  • The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.
  • It is God, because He is faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has preserved the Jews.
  • He made a covenant with Abraham to be God to him and to his descendants after him.


[no object]
1Agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract: [with infinitive]: the landlord covenants to repair the property
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  • Under clause 2 of the 1984 Deed the company covenanted to retain at least a part of the green land.
  • In this case the subtenant had covenanted with his landlord that he would repair the property.
  • Ctbn held the head lease of the 18th Floor in which the two companies also covenanted with the landlord.
undertake, give an undertaking, pledge, promise, agree, contract, vow, guarantee, warrant, commit oneself, bind oneself, give one's word, enter into an agreement, engage
archaic plight (oneself)
1.1 [with object] British Undertake to give (a sum of money) regularly to charity by means of a covenant: the company have covenanted £1,000 a year to the Law Library
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  • In order to qualify for relief, there must be a legal obligation to covenant the sum of money for a period in excess of six years.
  • An acquaintance has said that it is possible to covenant money to your children.
  • Any money it makes it covenants back to the charity - last year this was £159,000.



Old Covenant

Christian Theology The covenant between God and Israel in the Old Testament.
Example sentences
  • Tonight we are going to observe the New Covenant counterpart of the Old Covenant Passover.
  • This was the Old Covenant promise - ‘I will be with you.’
  • The speaker noted that the Sabbath was one of several signs given to the Old Covenant people.

New Covenant

Christian Theology The covenant between God and the followers of Christ.
Example sentences
  • First of all, he was not writing under the Old Covenant, but was writing to Christians under the New Covenant.
  • The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.
  • The writer traces our faith story from angels through Moses and on to the New Covenant.



Pronunciation: /kʌv(ə)ˈnant(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The reader is left seeking an appraisal of the validity and relevance of Calvin's covenantal argument.
  • A Jewish wedding for us is not just a wedding, it is a covenantal affirmation that there is a Jewish future.
  • Marriage is a covenantal union of man and woman who become one.


Example sentences
  • The judge thought it went too far because of a similar submission, that one of the covenantors might breach the injunction.
  • Covenants are only available to people over 65, and only to a maximum of 5% of the covenantor's total income.
  • The maximum part of the covenantor's income that may be treated as covenanted is 5 percent.


Middle English: from Old French, present participle of covenir 'agree', from Latin convenire (see convene).

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