Definition of avow
1 : to declare assuredly She avowed her innocence.
2 : to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame ever ready to avow his reactionary outlook
avowerplay \-ˈvau̇(-ə)r\ noun
Examples of avow in a Sentence
avowed that the colonization of Mars in our lifetime is not only possible but probable
avowed their undying love for each other
Recent Examples of avow from the Web
The report is likely to renew questions about Mr. Flynn’s avowed eagerness to work with Russia, and his dismissal of concerns about President Vladimir V. Putin, which have at times exceeded even that of Mr. Trump himself.
The centerpiece will be an exhibit with 500 items on display, including many items that Santulli avowed to be one-of-a-kind and shown on a strictly look-but-please-don’t-play basis.
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Origin and Etymology of avow
Middle English, from Anglo-French avuer, avouer, from Latin advocare to summon
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of avow
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
AVOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avow for English Language Learners
: to declare or state (something) in an open and public way
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Definition of avow for Students
: to declare openly and frankly I was surprised at the coolness with which John avowed his knowledge of the island … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
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