Definition of vow in English:


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Pronunciation: /vaʊ



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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
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    • 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.
    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


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

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