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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Other Words from vow

Verb (1)

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

Synonyms for vow

Synonyms: Noun

oath, pledge, promise, troth, word

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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

Happy anniversary: Deno and Linda Kijec celebrated their 50th anniversary, renewing their vows at St. Ambrose July 21. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "There’s nothing quite like parenting a 3-year-old: Whit & Whimsey," 25 July 2019 Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Photographer Chris Allerton?," 6 July 2019 Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Their Wedding Day," 19 May 2019 Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share Intimate New Wedding Photos in Honor of Their Anniversary," 19 May 2019 Ben and Leslie’s famous wedding vows say it all: these people love and like each other. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "What Michael Schur Gets Right About Love That Everyone Else Gets Wrong," 20 May 2018 But while both sides assumed that vow covered the duration of Mr. Obama’s presidency, what might happen after that was never explicitly stated. New York Times, "Obama and Biden’s Relationship Looks Rosy. It Wasn’t Always That Simple.," 16 Aug. 2019 But in general, the track record of those who mock such changes and vow to keep using the old terms is not good. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Language matters: Like a person with decency, I’m always open to change," 9 Aug. 2019 Crotts broke that vow because the village became more fire-safe, and low-cost rentals are hard to find. AZCentral.com, "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some are even vowing to try to use an upcoming temporary government-wide funding bill to try to block Trump altogether. Washington Post, "Democrats decry Pentagon shift of military funds to border," 4 Sep. 2019 While the governor's move prompted support from health organizations and fellow Democrats, vaping advocates vowed to challenge the ban. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Vaping shops will lose in Michigan's e-cigarette ban, but is public health worth it?," 4 Sep. 2019 But this time, major studios vowed to make a change. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "To make change in Hollywood, start with a hashtag," 29 Aug. 2019 Council President Kevin Kelley, among the offenders, vows reforms. cleveland.com, "Outrage over Dave Yost’s cash grab, anti-China baiting, an unprecedented tax giveaway, City Council expenses and a jail guard drug ring: This Week in the CLE," 29 Aug. 2019 Nestle Waters vowed to make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025 and increase recycled content in bottles to 35 percent by 2025 globally and to 50 percent in the United States, focusing on Poland Spring. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 After graduating high school, Rita became a Sister of Mercy on December 28, 1946 and pronounced her vows on June28, 1949 taking the religious name, Sister Mary Rita Clare. courant.com, "Mary Rita Clare Hoffner," 22 Aug. 2019 The grounds crew set traps and vowed to release the squirrel, and any others, back into the urban wild if and when caught. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Rally Squirrel is a no-show. Maybe the traps got him.," 21 Aug. 2019 Undeterred, Trump initially vowed to keep fighting in the courts to add the question despite a July deadline to print the census questionnaire. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Quiet Attack on Redistricting," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the new action-thriller Lucky Day, safecracker Red (Luke Bracey, of 2015’s Point Break) finally gets out of jail and rejoins his wife, Chloe (Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev), and daughter, vowing to go straight. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Nina Dobrev has a hitman problem in trailer for action-thriller Lucky Day," 29 Aug. 2019 Marriott Hotels recently followed suit, vowing to ban miniature toiletries by next year. Yossi Sheffi, Quartz, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 29 Aug. 2019 The next afternoon, Richardson began looking for Cora in various bars, vowing to kill him. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco love story: A hooker, her gambling man and a hanging," 23 Aug. 2019 Since Chick-fil-A opened its first location in 1946, the fast-food chain has famously vowed not to serve its chicken on Sundays. Dallas News, "Where do Chick-fil-A customers go on Sundays? A D-FW company has the answer and it's not Popeyes," 23 Aug. 2019 Now, Sean's controversial background has fans vowing to boycott season 28 of the popular dance show and its network ABC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Vow to “Boycott” ABC Over the 2019 Fall Cast," 21 Aug. 2019 Yet, the second-year quarterback competing for the Dolphins’ starting job was still critical of himself, dissecting the play through a bevy of mental notes, vowing to execute better if given the same opportunity once more. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins like Rosen, Williams and Eguavoen look to fine-tune little things as preseason nears its end," 18 Aug. 2019 Already, DoorDash has succumbed to public pressure and vowed to reverse its policy of confiscating tips left for deliverers as part of its promise to pay a minimum for each assignment. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 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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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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