covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkəv-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) , ˈkə-və- \

Definition of covenant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement : compact … international law, which depends upon the sanctity of covenants between rulers.— George H. Sabine
2a : a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action the deed conveying the land contained restrictive covenants
b : the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract

covenant

verb
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkəv-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) , -ˌnant, ˈkə-və- \
covenanted; covenanting; covenants

Definition of covenant (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to promise by a covenant : pledge

intransitive verb

: to enter into a covenant : contract

Other Words from covenant

Noun

covenantal \ ˌkə-​və-​ˈnan-​tᵊl How to pronounce covenant (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for covenant

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of covenant in a Sentence

Noun an international covenant on human rights The restrictive covenants of the building development prohibit the construction of buildings over 30 feet tall. Verb a traditional rule held that a husband could not enter into a covenant with his wife, because that was the equivalent of covenanting with himself the home buyers had to covenant that they would restore and keep the house for at least 10 years in exchange for a low mortgage rate
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Call it a hybrid work covenant, and everybody has to sign on. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Developers in Phoenix and other parts of the U.S. could legally add and enforce the restrictive race covenant until the Fair Housing Act voided them. AZCentral.com, 18 Apr. 2022 Josh just found a way to tell the story of Passover to the children and somehow bring it around to referencing the ark of the covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2022 The association’s only option to enforce the covenant will be to then take the owner to court. Brittany Freeman, ProPublica, 14 Apr. 2022 The covenant limits the number of people who can live there and lasts for 50 years. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 As things stand, the site is prohibited from non-commercial and non-industrial uses because of a standing covenant with the Ohio environmental protection agency and to put a jail there, the county would have to connect. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Nearly no one believes anymore that America is in some sort of covenant with God that sets it apart from every other nation. Steve Larkin, The Week, 22 Mar. 2022 Ten percent of total units, or 180 units, will be restricted by covenant for households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income, and 90 units will be reserved for households earning up to 150 percent of the area median income. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb USA TODAY NETWORK LOS ANGELES — Alien: Covenant edged out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a weekend space battle at the box office. Sandy Cohen, USA TODAY, 21 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of covenant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for covenant

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of covenir to be fitting, from Latin convenire

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The first known use of covenant was in the 14th century

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“Covenant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/covenant. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for covenant

covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkə-və-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) \

Kids Definition of covenant

: a formal or serious agreement or promise the covenant of marriage

covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkə-və-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) \

Legal Definition of covenant

1 : an official agreement or compact an international covenant on human rights
2a : a contract in its entirety or a promise within a contract for the performance or nonperformance of a particular act a covenant not to sue specifically : a promise relating to the transfer, possession, or ownership of real property — see also covenant not to compete, restrictive covenant
b : a warranty in a deed assuring the grantee especially against defects in title a covenant for quiet enjoyment — see also run
3 : a common-law action to recover damages for breach of a contract under seal — compare assumpsit, debt

Other Words from covenant

covenant verb

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