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)

Other Words from vow

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Often, artists seek personal discovery and vow to make music endearing to them versus the fans. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 June 2022 Eleven and Mike emotionally say goodbye and vow to see each other over Thanksgiving and Christmas and stay in touch via walkie talkie. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 27 May 2022 It’s the day that a devoted couple commits to each other and vow to stay together through thick and thin. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2022 Ahead of a summit with Australia, India and Japan, an off-the-cuff vow to defend the island militarily against China complicates diplomacy, particularly for Australia. New York Times, 24 May 2022 And if any parents reading this are negotiating with kids who are begging for a pet: Make sure to get your 12-year-old’s vow of lifetime dog walks in writing. Jane Thier, Fortune, 22 May 2022 Elon Musk’s controversial vow to restore free speech to Twitter is likely to be complicated to implement in the United States. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 The test represented North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s recent vow to ramp up nuclear weapons development. Editors, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 This vow to clean up elections stemmed from her experience in 2020 as a presidential election challenger in Detroit. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Palau also builds upon the Palau Pledge, a commitment established in 2017 that requires visiting tourists to vow to be protective of Palau’s environment and culture. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 17 May 2022 President Biden stepped in Thursday, too, to vow to increase imports of formula from trade partners like Mexico and the Netherlands and crack down on price gouging at home. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 Professional buddies vow to stay in touch after a job change, but don't. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Professional buddies vow to stay in touch after a job change, but don’t. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Those individuals vow that Haskins’ legacy of love, humility and determination will continue to positively affect them. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 He was moved to speak, to vow to do better, to demand more from his fellow star teammates. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 The scale of the killings prompted Western leaders to vow a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes and impose further penalties on Moscow as international outrage grows. James Hookway, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 Russia, meanwhile, has pushed for commitments from NATO, including a withdrawal of NATO troops from Bulgaria and Romania, and for the alliance to vow not to admit Ukraine as a new member. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was moved to speak, to vow to do better, to demand more from his fellow star teammates. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 Palau also builds upon the Palau Pledge, a commitment established in 2017 that requires visiting tourists to vow to be protective of Palau’s environment and culture. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 17 May 2022 President Biden stepped in Thursday, too, to vow to increase imports of formula from trade partners like Mexico and the Netherlands and crack down on price gouging at home. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 After about 25 hours, Democrats decide to end the sit-in, but vow to continue when Congress returns for their next session. CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Professional buddies vow to stay in touch after a job change, but don't. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Professional buddies vow to stay in touch after a job change, but don’t. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Those individuals vow that Haskins’ legacy of love, humility and determination will continue to positively affect them. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Russia, one of five permanent members of the Security Council, vetoed the resolution, but UN officials vow to have the General Assembly vote this week. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for vow

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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