from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess: avow guilt. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- transitive v. To state positively.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To declare openly, as something believed to be right; to own or acknowledge frankly.
- transitive v. To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See Avowry.
- n. Avowal.
- v. To bind, or to devote, by a vow.
- n. A vow or determination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To own or acknowledge obligation or relation to, as a person: as, he avowed him for his son.
- To sanction; approve.
- To declare openly, often with a view to justify, maintain, or defend: as, to avow one's principles.
- Specifically, in law, to acknowledge and justify, as when the distrainer of goods defends in an action of replevin, and avows the taking, but insists that such taking was legal. See avowry, 1.
- 5. To admit or confess openly or frankly; acknowledge; own: as, to avow one's self a convert.
- Synonyms To affirm, assert, profess. Admit, Confess, etc. See acknowledge.
- In law, to justify or maintain an act done, specifically a distress for rent taken in one's own right.
- n. An avowal; a bold declaration.
- To bind with a vow.
- 2. To devote or dedicate by a vow; vow.
- To vow to do or keep; promise; undertake.
- To bind one's self by a vow; make a vow; vow.
- n. A vow; a promise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
- v. admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
Middle English avowen, from Old French avouer, from Latin advocāre, to call upon; see advocate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French avouer, from Latin advocare ("to call to, call upon, hence to call as a witness, defender, patron, or advocate"), from ad ("to") + vocare ("to call"). (Wiktionary)