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vow (plural vows)
- A solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner, especially a promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order.
The old hermit, up in the mountains, took a vow of silence.
- A declaration or assertion.
2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
- Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
- One normally makes or takes a vow, or simply vows (see below).
- Commonly mentioned vows include those of silence, obedience, poverty, chastity, and celibacy.
- 'to keep/pay/fulfill a vow' = to honor a vow
- 'to break a vow' = to dishonor a vow
A solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner
A declaration or assertion
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive, intransitive) To make a vow; to promise.
- Bible, Eccl. v. 4
- When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.
- Richard Baxter
- We do not vow that we will never sin, nor neglect a duty (nor ought we to do so).
- Bible, Eccl. v. 4
- (transitive) To make a vow regarding (something).
- The wronged woman vowed revenge.
- To declare publicly that one has made a vow, usually to show one's determination or to announce an act of retaliation.
- The rebels vowed to continue their fight.
To make a vow
To declare publicly that one made a vow
Terms derived from the noun or verb vow
- vow in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- vow in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- vow at OneLook Dictionary Search