What does covenant mean?

Definitions for covenant
ˈkʌv ə nəntcovenant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. covenant, compact, concordatnoun

    a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

  2. covenantverb

    (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return

  3. covenantverb

    enter into a covenant

  4. covenantverb

    enter into a covenant or formal agreement

    "They covenanted with Judas for 30 pieces of silver"; "The nations covenanted to fight terrorism around the world"


  1. covenantnoun

    An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.

  2. covenantnoun

    A promise, incidental to a deed or contract, either express or implied.

  3. covenantnoun

    A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.

  4. covenantnoun

    An incidental clause in an agreement.

  5. covenantverb

    to enter into, or promise something by, a covenant

  6. covenantverb

    To enter a formal agreement.

  7. covenantverb

    To bind oneself in contract.

  8. covenantverb

    To make a stipulation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COVENANTnoun

    Etymology: convenant, Fr. conventum, Latin.

    He makes a covenant never to destroy
    The earth again by flood; nor let the sea
    Surpass his bounds. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 892.

    The English make the ocean their abode,
    Whose ready sails with ev’ry wind can fly,
    And make a cov’nant with th’ unconstant sky. Edmund Waller.

    A covenant is a mutual compact, as we now consider it, betwixt God and man; consisting of mercies on God’s part, made over to man, and of conditions on man’s part, required by God. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catech.

    Some men live as if they had made a covenant with hell: let divines, fathers, friends say what they will, they stop their ears against them. Roger L'Estrange.

    I shall but lend my diamond ’till your return; let there be covenants drawn between us. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

  2. To Covenantverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His lord used commonly so to covenant with him, which if at any time the tenant disliked, he might freely depart at his pleasure. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    It had been covenanted between him and the king of England, that neither of them should treat of peace or truce with the French king. John Hayward, on Edward VI.

    By words men come to know one another’s minds; by these they covenant and confederate. Robert South, Sermons.

    Jupiter covenanted with him, that it should be hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or windy, as the tenant should direct. Roger L'Estrange.

    They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Mat.

    Pointing to a heap of sand,
    For ev’ry grain to live a year demand;
    But, ah! unmindful of th’ effect of time,
    Forgot to covenant for youth and prime. Samuel Garth, Ovid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Covenantnoun

    a mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement

  2. Covenantnoun

    an agreement made by the Scottish Parliament in 1638, and by the English Parliament in 1643, to preserve the reformed religion in Scotland, and to extirpate popery and prelacy; -- usually called the "Solemn League and Covenant."

  3. Covenantnoun

    the promises of God as revealed in the Scriptures, conditioned on certain terms on the part of man, as obedience, repentance, faith, etc

  4. Covenantnoun

    a solemn compact between members of a church to maintain its faith, discipline, etc

  5. Covenantnoun

    an undertaking, on sufficient consideration, in writing and under seal, to do or to refrain from some act or thing; a contract; a stipulation; also, the document or writing containing the terms of agreement

  6. Covenantnoun

    a form of action for the violation of a promise or contract under seal

  7. Covenantverb

    to agree (with); to enter into a formal agreement; to bind one's self by contract; to make a stipulation

  8. Covenantverb

    to grant or promise by covenant


  1. Covenant

    The religious concept of a covenant is central to the Abrahamic religions and derived from the biblical covenants, notably the Abrahamic covenant. It is a formal alliance or agreement made by God with that religious community or with humanity in general.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Covenant

    kuv′e-nant, n. a mutual agreement: the writing containing the agreement: an engagement entered into between God and a person or a people—the Old Covenant, the Jewish dispensation; the New Covenant, the new relation to God opened up by Jesus Christ.—v.i. to enter into an agreement: to contract or bargain.—n. Cov′enant-break′er, one who violates a covenant.—adj. Cov′enanted, holding a position under a covenant or contract.—ns. Covenantee′, the person to whom a covenant is made; Cov′enanter (usually in Scot. Covenant′er), one who signed or adhered to the Scottish National Covenant of 1638—the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 was in effect an international treaty between Scotland and England for securing civil and religious liberty; Cov′enantor, that party to a covenant who subjects himself to the penalty of its breach.—Covenant of grace, redemption, that by which life is freely offered to sinners on condition of faith in Christ; Covenant of works, that made with Adam as federal representative of the human race on condition of obedience. [O. Fr.,—L. con, together, and venīre, to come.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'covenant' in Nouns Frequency: #2433

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of covenant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of covenant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of covenant in a Sentence

  1. James Hosie:

    The lenders have been quite accommodating - they saw the risk of a covenant breach ahead and have extended them some flexibility, which should be sufficient to allow EnQuest to keep investing in its projects.

  2. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee:

    Cindy was supposed to come over to have dinner with Maria last night after she filled in as a substitute teacher yesterday at Covenant.

  3. John Wenrich:

    I grieve the loss of First Covenant Church of Minneapolis from the roster of Covenant churches, at the same time, I respect the discernment of the Annual Meeting. I hope this historic church someday changes its mind and then returns to our family.

  4. Dean Keak Tegn:

    I made covenant with my heart that I can't keep silent when people are trying to hid the Truth to the people. It's the place where I struggle most and suffer most.

  5. Freedom Caucus:

    This kind of hateful rhetoric from an elected official is exactly why tragedies such as the Covenant Christian School shooting in Nashville occurred.

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  • عهد, ميثاقArabic
  • договор, спогодба, споразумявам се, договарям сеBulgarian
  • dohodaCzech
  • pagtDanish
  • ZusageGerman
  • σύμφωνο, συνθήκη, συμφωνία, σύμβασηGreek
  • alianza, convenio, contrato, cláusula, pactoSpanish
  • sopimusvakuus, sitoumus, ehto, sitoutua, sopimusehtoFinnish
  • engagementFrench
  • CúnantIrish
  • cùmhnantScottish Gaelic
  • בריתHebrew
  • ուխտArmenian
  • perjanjianIndonesian
  • alleanza, accordarsi, contratto, convenire, patto, clausola secondaria, allearsi, convenzione, clausola accessoria, sottoscrivere, impegnarsi, stipulare, accordo solenne, stilare un accordo, contrarre, concludere, convenzionarsiItalian
  • בריתHebrew
  • 特約, 契約する, 約束する, 誓約Japanese
  • pactiō, pactumLatin
  • ugoda, umowa, umówić się, zawrzeć umowęPolish
  • promessa, contrato, pactoPortuguese
  • legământRomanian
  • договор, заключать соглашениеRussian
  • avtala, förbund, avtal, överenskommelse, paktSwedish
  • உடன்படிக்கைTamil
  • พันธสัญญาThai
  • 盟約Chinese

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    • A. impurity
    • B. crate
    • C. concoction
    • D. whitewash

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