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avow

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verb \ə-ˈvau̇\

Simple Definition of avow

  • : to declare or state (something) in an open and public way

Full Definition of avow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to declare assuredly <she avowed her innocence>

  3. 2 :  to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame <ever ready to avow his reactionary outlook>

avow·erplay \-ˈvau̇(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of avow

  1. <avowed that the colonization of Mars in our lifetime is not only possible but probable>

  2. <avowed their undying love for each other>



Origin of avow

Middle English, from Anglo-French avuer, avouer, from Latin advocare


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of avow

acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed <acknowledged an earlier peccadillo>. admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications <admitted the project was over budget>. own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself <must own I know little about computers>. avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about <avowed that he was a revolutionary>. confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt <confessed a weakness for sweets>.

assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence <asserted that modern music is just noise>. declare stresses open or public statement <declared her support for the candidate>. affirm implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith <affirmed the existence of an afterlife>. protest emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt <protested that he really had been misquoted>. avow stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment of personal responsibility for what is declared <avowed that all investors would be repaid in full>.


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