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
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
vowed; vowing; vows

Definition of vow (Entry 3 of 3)

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Verb (1)

vower \ ˈvau̇(-​ə)r How to pronounce vower (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 More so: Your ex is the one who made vows to you, and therefore betrayed you far more profoundly than the other woman did. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Do I have to politely shake the hand of the other woman, who destroyed my marriage?," 28 May 2019 Just over a year after exchanging vows in Italy, the pair found themselves in the middle of a huge scandal. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Rachael Ray and Her Husband John Cusimano Have Overcome So Much in Their Relationship," 19 Apr. 2019 The church is part of a tiny but growing movement among liberal houses of worship around the nation making similar vows. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again," 30 May 2018 All eyes will be on Windsor Castle on May 19 as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their wedding vows. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Headed to the royal wedding? Score a deal fit for a king or queen," 11 Apr. 2018 The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle release more wedding details," 12 Feb. 2018 Many were quickly granted humanitarian visas as part of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s vow to assist migrants. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 Many were quickly granted humanitarian visas as part of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s vow to assist migrants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's vow to confiscate civilians' AR-15s, AK-47s and similar rifles would lead to dangerous situations, according to Greg Gutfeld. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Beto's gun control vow would lead to 'many violent confrontations'," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Oregon manufacturers’ coalition that had vowed to ask voters to reverse the tax plan dropped its efforts in July. oregonlive, "Oregon will spend big to promote youth mental health at school," 14 Sep. 2019 Congress returned Monday from a monthlong recess, and Democrats are vowing to make gun bills a top priority. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Parkland mayor lobbies in Washington for gun background checks," 10 Sep. 2019 The feedlot company has denied the allegations and vowed to disprove them. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Fort Collins company sues Utah feed lot for running alleged cattle rustling scheme," 10 Sep. 2019 On an evening when a young U.S. team tried, failed and then vowed to try again, Sargent experienced the same in microcosm. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Sargent's Resilience Emblematic of USMNT's Growing Pains, Process," 9 Sep. 2019 There, President Mauricio Macri, a market-friendly former businessman, became president in 2015, vowing to reverse the disastrous policies of his predecessor, the leftist populist Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Frida Ghitis For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "America-first trade policy is crushing the global economy," 1 Sep. 2019 Many of the Democrats vying to challenge the president in 2020 have vowed to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan, where the U.S. has had a large military presence for nearly two decades. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Lindsey Graham warns Trump against "really risky" Afghanistan drawdown," 25 Aug. 2019 Taliban commanders have vowed to intensify clashes with the Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term. NBC News, "Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, aide says president unhurt," 17 Sep. 2019 Protesters have vowed to keep up their protests ahead of the Oct. 1 celebration of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s 70th year in power. Washington Post, "Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, who was hired as the state’s top school official earlier this year, has vowed to use her deep experience with English learners to turn around the city’s schools. BostonGlobe.com, "PROVIDENCE – The US Justice Department last year found that the Providence school system was setting up English learning students “to struggle and too often, to fail,” according to a never-before released letter sent to the city in 2018.," 17 Sep. 2019 Taliban commanders have vowed to intensify clashes with the Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term. NBC News, "Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, aide says president unhurt," 17 Sep. 2019 The president has vowed to generate more water for valley farms. Los Angeles Times, "In defying Newsom, she tried to protect California from Trump — and showed how legislating should work," 16 Sep. 2019 Environmental groups have vowed to challenge the study, and any drilling approval. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 If that doesn't happen, Uber, Lyft, and Doordash have also vowed to spend $30 million backing a ballot initiative to overturn the law. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "California passes bill that threatens Uber and Lyft’s business model," 12 Sep. 2019 Parents on social media have vowed to hold their children tighter after an Oregon couple shared a pair of viral essays revealing that their 8-year-old son died suddenly in his sleep. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Internet Reacts to Working Parents' 'Heartbreaking' Plea to Parents After Son's Sudden Death," 10 Sep. 2019 All of the five top Democratic candidates also have vowed to slash or end federal mandatory minimum sentencing rules that critics blame for excessive incarceration of nonviolent offenders. Elana Schor, chicagotribune.com, "Every top Democratic candidate for president wants to change criminal justice laws. Here’s how they would do it.," 10 Sep. 2019 Hardline activists in Hong Kong have also vowed to escalate their campaign if their demands are not met by Sept. 13. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong's Leader Sticks to Her Plan to End the Unrest, Despite Its Poor Reception," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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vow

noun
How to pronounce vow (audio)

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

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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