vow

noun
\ ˈvau̇ How to pronounce vow (audio) \

Definition of vow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

vow

verb (1)
vowed; vowing; vows

Definition of vow (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to promise solemnly : swear
2 : to bind or consecrate by a vow

intransitive verb

: to make a vow

vow

verb (2)
vowed; vowing; vows

Definition of vow (Entry 3 of 3)

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Verb (1)

vower \ ˈvau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce vow (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for vow

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of vow in a Sentence

Noun The monks take a vow of silence. The bride and groom exchanged vows. The mayor made a vow to reduce crime.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cranley's vow before the collaborative started its work was to lift 10,000 children out of poverty within five years. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 8 July 2021 Supporters have surrounded his home and vow to protect him. Ian Bremmer, Time, 6 July 2021 Italy is currently on pace to vaccinate a bit more than 10% of the country every three weeks, which should put it in line to hit Figliuolo’s vow, made in March to much skepticism, of fully vaccinating 80% of Italians by the end of September. David Meyer, Fortune, 1 July 2021 One source of contention in the bipartisan group is over a proposal to hike gas taxes by linking future increases to inflation — an idea many other Democrats oppose and that goes against Biden’s vow not to tax Americans earning less than $400,000. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 17 June 2021 Despite Whitmer's veto vow, Michigan GOP chairman Ron Weiser laid out a plan to circumvent the governor during a March event. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2021 One source of contention in the bipartisan group is over a proposal to hike gas taxes by linking future increases to inflation — an idea many other Democrats oppose and that goes against Biden's vow not to tax Americans earning less than $400,000. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 This latest vow has set off alarm bells among Democrats, and the issue of a new SCOTUS justice could come in the foreseeable future. Aj Willingham, CNN, 15 June 2021 That’s not the same as saying there’s a bill that can pass Congress – much less two. Biden’s walk-back of his vow to only support the bipartisan effort if the much larger Democrats-only bill also reaches his desk helped assuage Republicans. Rick Klein, ABC News, 28 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sure, characters vow to exact revenge on their frenemies multiple times an episode, but so far, all the détentes end with poignant personal epiphanies. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 5 July 2021 One landmark court victory won't be enough to slow the movement of civil rights activists in Minneapolis who vow to remain focused on reaching their larger goal. NBC News, 21 Apr. 2021 Autoplay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his final speech in front of the Knesset Sunday to vow a swift return to office, attack his replacement and call out the Biden administration’s effort to revive the nuke deal with Iran. Fox News, 14 June 2021 Machado, by all accounts, has grown into something bigger and more, those around him vow. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 Dozens of House Republicans vote for a commission to investigate the Capitol siege, but GOP leaders vow to block it in the Senate. ABC News, 23 May 2021 Advocates vow to lace the North Woods with a network of forest pathways from the Iron Range to International Falls and the North Shore. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Whatever happens on wedding day, the This Is Us writers vow that those final scenes will move you closer to the edge of your seat. Ew Staff, EW.com, 25 May 2021 Two of Israel's most senior politicians, Netanyahu and former Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visited Mount Meron on Friday to express their condolences and to vow that such a disaster should never happen again. Andrew Carey And Amir Tal, CNN, 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The move prompted one of the 11 Republicans who signed onto the bipartisan deal -- Sen. Lindsey Graham -- to vow to vote against the plan if Democrats carry through with their tactic. Manu Raju, CNN, 25 June 2021 Sure, characters vow to exact revenge on their frenemies multiple times an episode, but so far, all the détentes end with poignant personal epiphanies. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 5 July 2021 Autoplay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his final speech in front of the Knesset Sunday to vow a swift return to office, attack his replacement and call out the Biden administration’s effort to revive the nuke deal with Iran. Fox News, 14 June 2021 Machado, by all accounts, has grown into something bigger and more, those around him vow. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2021 Advocates vow to lace the North Woods with a network of forest pathways from the Iron Range to International Falls and the North Shore. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Whatever happens on wedding day, the This Is Us writers vow that those final scenes will move you closer to the edge of your seat. Ew Staff, EW.com, 25 May 2021 Dozens of House Republicans vote for a commission to investigate the Capitol siege, but GOP leaders vow to block it in the Senate. ABC News, 23 May 2021 Hawley was the first senator to vow an objection to the votes and one of the few that followed through with his decision after the riot. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of vow

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vow

Noun

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

Verb (2)

Middle English, short for avowen

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The first known use of vow was in the 13th century

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17 Jul 2021

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“Vow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vow. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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vow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vow

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

vow

noun
\ ˈvau̇ How to pronounce vow (audio) \

Kids Definition of vow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a solemn promise or statement

vow

verb
vowed; vowing

Kids Definition of vow (Entry 2 of 2)

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

vow

noun

Legal Definition of vow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vow

transitive verb

Legal Definition of vow (Entry 2 of 2)

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

intransitive verb

: to make a vow

Other Words from vow

vower noun

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