Borrowed 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”). Doublet of advoke, avouch, and advocate.
- (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.
- (transitive) To bind or devote by a vow.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
- (law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See avowry.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)