Definitions for vowvaʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment:

    marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.

  2. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.

    Category: Religion

  3. a solemn or earnest declaration.

  4. (v.t.)to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to a deity or a saint.

    Category: Religion

  5. to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, etc.:

    They vowed revenge.

  6. to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically.

  7. to dedicate or devote by a vow.

    Category: Religion

  8. (v.i.)to make a vow.

    Category: Religion

Idioms for vow:

  1. take vows, to make an official commitment to a religious order.

    Category: Idiom, Religion

Origin of vow:

1250–1300; < OF vo(u) < L vōtum, neut. of vōtus, ptp. of vovēre to vow


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vow(verb)

    a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner

    "they took vows of poverty"

  2. vow(verb)

    make a vow; promise

    "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"

  3. vow, consecrate(verb)

    dedicate to a deity by a vow

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vow(verb)ʊ

    to make a strong promise

    He vowed never to speak to his family again.; I vowed that I would return home.

  2. vow(noun)ʊ

    a promise

    to make a vow; wedding vows


  1. vow(Noun)

    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.

  2. vow(Noun)

    A declaration or assertion.

  3. vow(Verb)

    To make a vow.

  4. vow(Verb)

    To declare publicly that one made a vow, usually to show one's determination or to announce an act of retaliation.

    The rebels vowed to continue their fight until they succeed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vow(noun)

    a solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or conditionally, wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter time, to some act, service, or condition; a devotion of one's possessions; as, a baptismal vow; a vow of poverty

  2. Vow(noun)

    specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection; as, the marriage vow

  3. Vow(noun)

    to give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly

  4. Vow(noun)

    to assert solemnly; to asseverate

  5. Vow(verb)

    to make a vow, or solemn promise


  1. Vow

    A vow is a promise or oath.

Anagrams of vow

  1. WVO

Translations for vow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make a solemn promise (that)

He vowed that he would die rather than surrender.

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