What does avow mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swearverb

    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    "Before God I swear I am innocent"

  2. avow, avouchverb

    admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about


  1. avowverb

    To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly.

    Vito avowed to take revenge on the man who murdered his father.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AVOWverb

    To declare with confidence; to justify; not to dissemble.

    Etymology: avouer, Fr.

    His cruel stepdame seeing what was done,
    Her wicked days with wretched knife did end;
    In death avowing th’ innocence of her son. Fairy Queen.

    He that delivers them mentions his doing it upon his own particular knowledge, or the relation of some credible person, avowing it upon his own experience. Boyle.

    Left to myself, I must avow, I strove,
    From publick shame to skreen my secret love. Dryden.

    Such assertions proceed from principles which cannot be avowed by those who are for preserving church and state. Jonathan Swift.

    Then blaz’d his smother’d flame, avow’d and bold. James Thomson.


  1. avow

    Avow refers to the act of asserting, affirming, or stating openly, confidently, and without shame or resistance, often about something unusual, controversial, or personal. It can also mean to admit openly and bluntly; to confess.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avowverb

    to declare openly, as something believed to be right; to own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles or his crimes

  2. Avowverb

    to acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See Avowry

  3. Avownoun


  4. Avownoun

    to bind, or to devote, by a vow

  5. Avownoun

    a vow or determination

  6. Etymology: [OF. avouer, fr. LL. votare to vow, fr. L. votun. See Vote, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avow

    a-vow′, v.t. to declare openly: to own or confess: to affirm or maintain: (law) to justify an act done.—n. a solemn promise: a vow.—pa.p. as adj. self-acknowledged.—adj. Avow′able.—ns. Avow′ableness, Avow′ance (obs.); Avow′al, a positive declaration: a frank confession.—adv. Avow′edly.—n. Avow′ry (law), the act of avowing and justifying in one's own right the distraining of goods: (obs.) advocacy considered as personified in a patron saint. [O. Fr. avouer, orig. to swear fealty to—L. ad, and Low L. votārevotum, a vow. See Vow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avow in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of avow in a Sentence

  1. Edgar Allan Poe:

    Take this kiss upon the brow and, in parting from you now, thus much let me avow -- you are not wrong who deem that my days have been a dream yet if hope has flown away in a night, or in a day, in a vision, or in none, is it therefore the less gone all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

  2. William Harvey:

    I avow myself the partisan of truth alone.

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