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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vowverb

    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. vowverb

    make a vow; promise

    "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"

  3. vow, consecrateverb

    dedicate to a deity by a vow


  1. vownoun

    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. vownoun

    A declaration or assertion.

  3. vowverb

    To make a vow.

  4. vowverb

    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. Vownoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See Vow, n.]

  2. Vownoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See Vow, n.]

  3. Vownoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See Vow, n.]

  4. Vownoun

    to assert solemnly; to asseverate

    Etymology: [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See Vow, n.]

  5. Vowverb

    to make a vow, or solemn promise

    Etymology: [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See Vow, n.]


  1. Vow

    A vow is a promise or oath.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vow

    vow, n. a voluntary promise made to God, and, as such, carrying with it the most stringent obligation to its fulfilment: a solemn or formal promise of fidelity or affection: (Shak.) a positive assertion.—v.t. to give by solemn promise: to devote: to threaten, to maintain solemnly.—v.i. to make vows.—n. Vow′-fell′ow (Shak.), one bound by the same vow.—Baptismal vows, the promises made at baptism by the person baptised, or by the sponsors or parents in his name; Monastic vows (see Monastery); Solemn, as opposed to Simple vows, such vows as the Church takes under her special charge, or is said in a solemn manner to accept, as those of poverty, obedience, and chastity, involving complete and irrevocable surrender. [O. Fr. vou (Fr. vœu)—L. votumvovēre, to vow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. vow

    A promise.

    They took their wedding vows seriously and created new ones and let go of the traditional ones for marriage.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of vow in a Sentence

  1. Nikki Dodson:

    We’re partners in this this. We made a vow to each other, and I will continue that vow until he takes his last breath.

  2. Saco Fire Chief John Duross:

    We vow to never forget.

  3. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, spoken by Elrond:

    He should not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.

  4. Demetrius Anderson:

    My mother always believed in the judicial system. Always told me to respect it, i made a vow not to do it again for her and by turning my life around, it brought her joy.

  5. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton:

    Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers were white? I don't think it would have, this kind of racism exists and it's incumbent on all of us to vow and ensure that it doesn't continue to happen.

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  • vot, jurarCatalan, Valencian
  • Schwur, geloben, Gelöbnis, Eid, Gelübde, schwörenGerman
  • διαβεβαίωση, όρκοςGreek
  • promesa, manda, votoSpanish
  • lupaus, luvata, vannoa, vakuutus, vakuuttaa, vala, vannoa valaFinnish
  • voeu, jurerFrench
  • votoGalician
  • ուխտ, երդումArmenian
  • strengja heitIcelandic
  • voto, votare, giurareItalian
  • 誓う, 契るJapanese
  • ślubPolish
  • votoPortuguese
  • jurământRomanian
  • поклясться, обязательство, клятва, [[давать]] [[обет]], клясться, присягнуть, обещать, присяга, заверение, пообещать, зарок, обет, присягатьRussian
  • ant içmek, yemin etmekTurkish

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    a medicinal liquid that is rubbed into the skin to relieve muscular stiffness and pain
    • A. urus
    • B. profaneness
    • C. imperviousness
    • D. liniment

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