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vow

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Pronunciation: /vaʊ
 
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Definition of vow in English:

noun

1A solemn promise.
Example sentences
  • Who would have guessed someone so young could make such a solemn vow and keep it for over fifty years.
  • It is one thing for adults to take vows and fulfil them, and quite another when a vow is taken in the name of a child.
  • Kirkstall was founded as a result of a solemn vow made by Henry de Lacy of Pontefract Castle.
Synonyms
1.1 (vows) A set of solemn promises committing one to a prescribed role, calling, or course of action, typically to marriage or a monastic career: the vows of celibacy
More example sentences
  • The bill would not force clergy opposed to same-sex marriage to solemnize the vows.
  • I do not believe that civil union vows, or marriage vows for that matter, are only of symbolic value.
  • He then discusses marriage vows, the history of divorce, and modern reinterpretations.

verb

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1 [reporting verb] Solemnly promise to do a specified thing: [with infinitive]: the rebels vowed to continue fighting [with clause]: I vowed that my family would never go hungry [with direct speech]: ‘never again!’ he vowed
More example sentences
  • Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight to try to stop homes being built on part of a school site in Clacton.
  • Furious families today vowed to fight developers for the fourth time to save their last piece of open space.
  • Councillors have vowed to continue to reduce the number of homeless families in Southend.
Synonyms
swear, swear/state under oath, swear on the Bible, take an oath, pledge, promise, affirm, avow, undertake, give an undertaking, engage, commit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one's word, give one's word of honour, give an assurance, guarantee;
Law depose, make a deposition, bind oneself
archaic plight, asseverate
2 [with object] archaic Dedicate to someone or something, especially a deity: I vowed myself to this enterprise

Origin

Middle English: from Old French vou, from Latin votum (see vote); the verb is from Old French vouer.

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