vow


1vow

noun \ˈva\

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

Full Definition of VOW

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

Examples of VOW

  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

2vow

verb

Definition of VOW

transitive verb
1
:  to promise solemnly :  swear
2
:  to bind or consecrate by a vow
intransitive verb
:  to make a vow
vow·er \ˈva(-ə)r\ noun

First Known Use of VOW

14th century

3vow

transitive verb

Definition of VOW

:  avow, declare

Origin of VOW

Middle English, short for avowen
First Known Use: 14th century

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