avow

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From Old French avouer, from Latin advocare (to call to, call upon, hence to call as a witness, defender, patron, or advocate), from ad (to) + vocare (to call).

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avow (third-person singular simple present avows, present participle avowing, simple past and past participle avowed)

  1. (transitive) To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly.
    • 1858, Henry Stephens Randall, The Life of Thomas Jefferson (volume 1, page 461)
      [] in 1786, and for some period later, there were few, if any, prominent Americans, who avowed themselves in favor of broadly democratic systems.
  2. (transitive) To bind or devote by a vow.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
  3. (law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See avowry.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)

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avow

  1. (obsolete) avowal
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