Definitions for: Avow

[v] admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
[v] to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"

Webster (1913) Definition: A*vow", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Avowed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Avowing.] [F. avouver, fr. L. advocare to call to (whence
the meanings, to call upon as superior; recognize as lord,
own, confess); ad + vocare to call. See Advocate,
1. To declare openly, as something believed to be right; to
own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles
or his crimes.

Which I to be the of Israel's God Avow, and
challenge Dagon to the test. --Milton.

2. (Law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See
Avowry. --Blackstone.

Syn: To acknowledge; own; confess. See Confess.

A*vow", n. [Cf. F. aveu.]
Avowal. [Obs.] --Dryden.

A*vow", v. t. & i. [OF. avouer, fr. LL. votare to vow,
fr. L. votun. See Vote, n.]
To bind, or to devote, by a vow. [Obs.] --Wyclif.

A*vow", n.
A vow or determination. [Archaic]

Synonyms: affirm, assert, aver, avouch, swan, swear, verify

Antonyms: disavow

See Also: acknowledge, admit, assure, attest, claim, declare, hold, protest, take, tell

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