covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkəv-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) , ˈkə-və- \

Essential Meaning of covenant

1 formal : a formal and serious agreement or promise a covenant with God the covenant of marriage
2 law : a formal written agreement between two or more people, businesses, countries, etc. an international covenant on human rights The restrictive covenants of the building development prohibit the construction of buildings over 30 feet tall.

Full Definition of covenant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement : compact … international law, which depends upon the sanctity of covenants between rulers.— George H. Sabine
2a : a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action the deed conveying the land contained restrictive covenants
b : the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract

covenant

verb
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkəv-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) , -ˌnant, ˈkə-və- \
covenanted; covenanting; covenants

Definition of covenant (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to promise by a covenant : pledge

intransitive verb

: to enter into a covenant : contract

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Other Words from covenant

Noun

covenantal \ ˌkə-​və-​ˈnan-​tᵊl How to pronounce covenant (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for covenant

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of covenant in a Sentence

Noun an international covenant on human rights The restrictive covenants of the building development prohibit the construction of buildings over 30 feet tall. Verb a traditional rule held that a husband could not enter into a covenant with his wife, because that was the equivalent of covenanting with himself the home buyers had to covenant that they would restore and keep the house for at least 10 years in exchange for a low mortgage rate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The last room on the tour was the sealing room, in which marriages are performed and families enter a covenant to be bound together for eternity. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 And like Sandquist and other students at Grace, the lifestyle covenant fit right in with his beliefs. Freep.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Passed down through the centuries and closely guarded by the priests of Egypt as part of their divine covenant, its formula was stolen by a Greek thief and lost forever after the fall of the Roman Empire. Benjamín Labatut, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 The cost could be reduced by $1.5 million as part of a restrictive covenant with the Air Force related to flight operations over the land. orlandosentinel.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The covenant of our portion introduces a third critical component. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021 That sale agreement included a covenant barring him from competing with his former business. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 Judaism was established circa 2000 BC as part of a covenant between God and Abraham. CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 The Wayne County Circuit Court ruled that the couple, Orsel and Minnie McGhee, were barred by the covenant from owning property in that neighborhood. Zito Madu, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb USA TODAY NETWORK LOS ANGELES — Alien: Covenant edged out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a weekend space battle at the box office. Sandy Cohen, USA TODAY, 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of covenant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for covenant

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from present participle of covenir to be fitting, from Latin convenire

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The first known use of covenant was in the 14th century

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15 Oct 2021

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“Covenant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/covenant. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkə-və-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) \

Kids Definition of covenant

: a formal or serious agreement or promise the covenant of marriage

covenant

noun
cov·​e·​nant | \ ˈkə-və-nənt How to pronounce covenant (audio) \

Legal Definition of covenant

1 : an official agreement or compact an international covenant on human rights
2a : a contract in its entirety or a promise within a contract for the performance or nonperformance of a particular act a covenant not to sue specifically : a promise relating to the transfer, possession, or ownership of real property — see also covenant not to compete, restrictive covenant
b : a warranty in a deed assuring the grantee especially against defects in title a covenant for quiet enjoyment — see also run
3 : a common-law action to recover damages for breach of a contract under seal — compare assumpsit, debt

Other Words from covenant

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