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vow

noun \ ˈvau̇ \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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 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.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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vow

verb

Definition of vow

vowed; vowing; vows
1 : to promise solemnly : swear
2 : to bind or consecrate by a vow
: to make a vow

vower

play \ˈvau̇(-ə)r\ noun

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First Known Use of vow

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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vow

verb

Definition of vow

vowed; vowing; vows

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Origin and Etymology of vow

Middle English, short for avowen



VOW Defined for English Language Learners

vow

Definition of vow for English Language Learners

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


VOW Defined for Kids

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vow

noun \ ˈvau̇ \

Definition of vow for Students

: a solemn promise or statement

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vow

verb

Definition of vow for Students

vowed; vowing
: 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

: 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 : to promise solemnly
2 : to bind or commit by a vow
: to make a vow

vower

noun


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