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vow

play
noun \ˈvau̇\

Simple Definition of vow

  • : a serious promise to do something or to behave in a certain way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vow

  1. :  a solemn promise or assertion; specifically :  one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition

Examples of vow in a sentence

  1. The monks take a vow of silence.

  2. The bride and groom exchanged vows.

  3. The mayor made a vow to reduce crime.



Origin of vow

Middle English vowe, from Anglo-French vou, from Latin votum, from neuter of votus, past participle of vovēre to vow; akin to Greek euchesthai to pray, vow, Sanskrit vāghat sacrificer


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with vow


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vow

verb

Definition of vow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to promise solemnly :  swear

  3. 2 :  to bind or consecrate by a vow

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a vow

vower play \ˈvau̇(-ə)r\ noun


14th Century

First Known Use of vow

14th century


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vow

verb

Definition of vow

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  avow, declare



Origin of vow

Middle English, short for avowen


First Known Use: 14th century



VOW Defined for Kids

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vow

play
noun \ˈvau̇\

Definition of vow for Students

  1. :  a solemn promise or statement




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vow

play
verb

Definition of vow for Students

vowedvowing

  1. :  to make a solemn promise :  swear <He vowed to follow all the rules.>




Law Dictionary

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vow

noun

Legal Definition of vow

  1. :  a solemn promise or statement; especially :  one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition




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vow

transitive verb

Legal Definition of vow

  1. 1 :  to promise solemnly

  2. 2 :  to bind or commit by a vow

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make a vow

vower noun




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