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 Yoon, a conservative, took office in May with a vow to boost South Korea's military alliance with the United States and take a tougher line on North Korean provocations. Hyung-jin Kim And Huizhong Wu, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 Yoon, a conservative, took office in May with a vow to boost South Korea’s military alliance with the United States and take a tougher line on North Korean provocations. Hyung-jin Kim And Huizhong Wu, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 In Peru, the son of poor farmers was propelled to victory on a vow to prioritize struggling families, feed the hungry and correct longstanding disparities in access to health care and education. New York Times, 31 July 2022 Disney has been facing a firestorm from conservative Republicans in recent months over the company’s vow to help repeal a Florida law that limits how LGBTQ people and issues can be talked about in schools. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Back in 2010, Trump Jr. and his business partners made a surprising vow to build millions of units of prefabricated low-cost housing for some of the world’s poorest families and ship them to countries across the globe. Joe Rubin, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 Tartaglia accused Cardano of theft and of breaking a sacred vow. Quanta Magazine, 30 June 2022 In one of the first attacks on Mr. O’Rourke, the Abbott campaign highlighted his vow during the presidential campaign to take away AR-15 rifles. New York Times, 24 July 2022 In one of the first attacks on O’Rourke, the Abbott campaign highlighted his vow during the presidential campaign to take away AR-15 rifles. J. David Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats vow that no one making less than $400,000 will see a tax increase, but Republicans counter that some in that classification will pay more taxes, citing a report from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 2022 When a complaint is first filed, Friedman said, defendants who say they are being falsely accused often vow to fight and want to go to trial. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 25 June 2022 This summer, both men vow to continue using the beach until they’re taken away in handcuffs. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Disney, Netflix and other Hollywood companies vow to pay travel costs for abortions after Roe vs. Wade decision. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 Meanwhile, as the orange flames roar incessantly into the sky, young environmentalists vow to keep up the pressure. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 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 Professional buddies vow to stay in touch after a job change, but don't. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats vow that no one making less than $400,000 will see a tax increase, but Republicans counter that some in that classification will pay more taxes, citing a report from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation. Lisa Hagen, Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 2022 According to the trailer, Amsterdam follows three friends played by Bale, Robbie and Washington who met during war time and now vow to always protect one another. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 6 July 2022 Disney, Netflix and other Hollywood companies vow to pay travel costs for abortions after Roe vs. Wade decision. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 When a complaint is first filed, Friedman said, defendants who say they are being falsely accused often vow to fight and want to go to trial. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 25 June 2022 This summer, both men vow to continue using the beach until they’re taken away in handcuffs. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Meanwhile, as the orange flames roar incessantly into the sky, young environmentalists vow to keep up the pressure. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 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 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 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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10 Aug 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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