What does vow mean?

Definitions for vowvaʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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


  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

  6. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. Lilian Tintori:

    The regime wants to divide us, I vow unity, we will remain together, but in peace.

  3. Mike Fink:

    You're lucky I took me a vow of non-violence, or you'd be suffering some pain right now.

  4. President Obama:

    I gave these families my word, i made a vow that we would do everything to win the release of their loved ones.

  5. Mohagher Iqbal:

    We have made a solemn vow to fight terrorism, it has no place in Islam ... to tag MILF as terrorist group is unfair.

Images & Illustrations of vow

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Translations for vow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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