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 That vow marks a shift in policy around Beijing's sprawling Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, which had already begun to draw down its coal initiatives. Kara Fox, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 The news comes shortly after Eric Clapton did a take-backsies on his vow to never play shows where there are vaccine mandates. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 That vow could be lost in the mess that is Afghanistan now, though the political toll for Biden isn't measured in Republican calls for his resignation or impeachment. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 27 Aug. 2021 But that vow did not extend to his senior staff and their relatives. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2021 So far, Andrew Yang, Scott Stringer, Kathryn Garcia, Shaun Donovan, Ray McGuire, and Art Chang have taken that vow. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 12 May 2021 Sinn Fein surprised the Irish political establishment in an election in February 2020 by securing more votes than any other party for the first time on a vow to fix the country's housing and health systems. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021 Often overlooked is the genesis of that anti-boredom vow. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 That trail is where Tad Jones, a monk-like man who had taken a vow of silence, tried to escape as the inferno engulfed the main way out on August 18. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In October, the U.S. is set to run out of credit unless Congress raises the debt-ceiling limit, and Republicans vow to oppose that, too. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 Many parties, left and right, also vow to change government subsidies to farmers for producing more vegetables and less meat. Egill Bjarnason, ajc, 23 Sep. 2021 Some people hospitalized with the virus still vow not to get vaccinated, and surveys suggest that the majority of unvaccinated Americans are not budging. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 Some people hospitalized with the virus still vow not to get vaccinated, and surveys suggest that a majority of unvaccinated Americans are not budging. New York Times, 30 July 2021 Jennifer realizes this is an all-out constitutional crisis, and her advisors vow to stand united with her. Nick Schager, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 From taxation and environmental regulations to strict COVID-19 protocols, the GOP candidates vow major changes. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 But city officials also vow not to repeat the mistakes of the past, the times when Oakland leaders threw caution and good sense to the wind in order to suck up to sports-team owners. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 California’s housing shortage has become a focal point of the race to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, as candidates vow to turbo-charge home building by slashing bureaucratic hurdles for developers and streamlining construction approvals. Ari Plachta, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many parties, left and right, also vow to change government subsidies to farmers for producing more vegetables and less meat. Egill Bjarnason, ajc, 23 Sep. 2021 In October, the U.S. is set to run out of credit unless Congress raises the debt-ceiling limit, and Republicans vow to oppose that, too. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2021 Last year, former President Donald Trump ordered American negotiators to sit down with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, to sign an agreement for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan in May 2021 and for the Taliban to vow to never harbor terrorists. Jaweed Kaleem, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021 Last year, former President Trump ordered American negotiators to sit down with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, to sign an agreement for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan in May 2021 and for the Taliban to vow to never harbor terrorists. Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2021 From taxation and environmental regulations to strict COVID-19 protocols, the GOP candidates vow major changes. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 Hospital administrators vow the program will continue. jsonline.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Washington — Lawmakers are facing the prospect of a bitter battle over increasing the nation's debt limit in the fall, with Democrats seeking to pressure Republicans to go along with a hike as GOP leaders vow to resist it. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 Some people hospitalized with the virus still vow not to get vaccinated, and surveys suggest that the majority of unvaccinated Americans are not budging. Jack Healy New York Times, Star Tribune, 31 July 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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9 Oct 2021

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“Vow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vow. Accessed 20 Oct. 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

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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