Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A binding agreement; a compact. See Synonyms at bargain.
  • n. Law A formal sealed agreement or contract.
  • n. Law A suit to recover damages for violation of such a contract.
  • n. In the Bible, God's promise to the human race.
  • transitive v. To promise by or as if by a covenant.
  • intransitive v. To enter into a covenant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An agreement to do or not do a particular thing.
  • n. A promise, incidental to a deed or contract, either express or implied.
  • n. A pact or binding agreement between two or more parties.
  • n. An incidental clause in an agreement.
  • v. to enter into, or promise something by, a covenant
  • v. To enter a formal agreement.
  • v. To bind oneself in contract.
  • v. To make a stipulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement.
  • n. 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.”
  • n. The promises of God as revealed in the Scriptures, conditioned on certain terms on the part of man, as obedience, repentance, faith, etc.
  • n. A solemn compact between members of a church to maintain its faith, discipline, etc.
  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A form of action for the violation of a promise or contract under seal.
  • intransitive v. To agree (with); to enter into a formal agreement; to bind one's self by contract; to make a stipulation.
  • transitive v. To grant or promise by covenant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To enter into a formal agreement; contract; bind one's self by contract; agree formally or solemnly: as, A covenants with B to convey to him a certain estate: with for before the thing or price.
  • To agree or subscribe to or promise by covenant; engage by a pledge.
  • To demand as a condition or stipulation; stipulate.
  • n. A mutual compact or agreement of two or more persons to do or to refrain from doing some act; a contract; a compact.
  • n. In law: In general, an agreement under seal; a specialty; any promise made by deed.
  • n. More particularly, a subordinate stipulation forming part of the same sealed instrument with the agreement to which it is incidental: as, a covenant of warranty of title in a deed.
  • n. In Biblical usage, the free promise of God, generally, though not always expressly, accompanied by the requirement of the fulfilment of certain conditions on the part of man.
  • n. Eccles., a solemn agreement between the members of a church, as that they will act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.
  • n. Specifically, an indenture; an article of apprenticeship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. enter into a covenant or formal agreement
  • n. a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
  • n. (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
  • v. enter into a covenant

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of convenir, to agree; see convene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French covenant ("agreement"), from Latin conveniens ("agreeing, agreeable, suitable, convenient"), present participle of conveniō ("to agree"). Cognate with convenient. (Wiktionary)

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  • And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ Acts 3:25

    December 2, 2010