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avow

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of avow

  1. 1 to state as a fact usually forcefully avowed that the colonization of Mars in our lifetime is not only possible but probable Synonyms of avow affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, claim, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess, protest, purport, warrantWords Related to avow announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of avow abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms of avow deny, gainsay

  2. 2 to state clearly and strongly avowed their undying love for each other Synonyms of avow affirm, aver, avouch, assert, declare, guarantee, lay down, professWords Related to avow advance, advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; announce, blaze, call, proclaim, pronounce, say; accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, underline, underscore; advocate, champion, defend, espouse, support, uphold; assure, convince, persuade; explain, justify, rationalize; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of avow minimize, understate; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

Synonym Discussion of avow

acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed.
    • acknowledged an earlier peccadillo
admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications.
    • admitted the project was over budget
own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself.
    • must own I know little about computers
avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about.
    • avowed that he was a revolutionary
confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt.
    • confessed a weakness for sweets


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