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 Instead, the school’s principal, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, was stealing the money and using it to bankroll her gambling habit, federal prosecutors said, violating her vow of poverty. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 White House press secretary Jen Psaki threw cold water on Wicker's proposal at a briefing Tuesday, specifically his vow not to touch the 2017 Trump tax cuts. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 26 May 2021 The President has made the push to find common ground on infrastructure reform the acid test of his vow to bring the country together that anchored his 2020 campaign and is a centerpiece of his entire presidency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 May 2021 At the cabin, Randall comments on Kevin having achieved his unlikely Thanksgiving vow to be married with kids by age 40. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, 19 May 2021 Cox reiterated his vow that there will be no mask mandate in place when students return to schools in the fall [Tribune]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2021 That ties into his vow to concentrate on equity in his policymaking, a directive that is infused into the administration's proposals and talking points. NBC news, 26 Apr. 2021 Greene concluded her remarks by invoking the name of the mighty Anglo-Saxon deity who inspired her space-laser vow. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021 Most importantly from O’Rourke’s perspective, his vow temporarily reinvigorated a foundering campaign that hitherto had been mired in the low single digits in polls. Varad Mehta, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 While Ginny isn't pleased that this birthday party includes a sleepover component, the girls vow to figure out a way to sneak out. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021 Nicholls, a Republican, said Biden should vow not to release a single person in a community that has a population of under half a million residents because they are not equipped to take in so many people. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 1 Mar. 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 Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, who vow not to seek any earmarks, potentially leaving millions on the table that could go to Utah’s cities and counties. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Texas Republicans vow to defy any new federal gun rules. Chron, 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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 Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, who vow not to seek any earmarks, potentially leaving millions on the table that could go to Utah’s cities and counties. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 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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11 Jun 2021

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“Vow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vow. Accessed 15 Jun. 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

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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