American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An earnest promise to perform a specified act or behave in a certain manner, especially a solemn promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order: take the vows of a nun.
- n. A declaration or assertion.
- v. To promise solemnly; pledge. See Synonyms at promise.
- v. To make a pledge or threat to undertake: vowing revenge on their persecutors.
- v. To make a vow; promise.
- v. To declare or assert: "Well, I vow it is as fine a boy as ever was seen!” ( Henry Fielding).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A solemn promise; an engagement solemnly entered into. Specifically— A kind of promissory oath made to God, or to some deity, to perform some act or dedicate to the deity something of value, often in the event of receiving something specially desired, such as success in an enterprise, deliverance from danger, or recovery from sickness: as, a vow to build an altar.
- n. A promise to follow out some line of conduct, or to consecrate or devote one's self wholly or in part for a longer or shorter time to some act or service; a pledge of fidelity or constancy: as, a marriage vow.
- n. A solemn asseveration or declaration; a positive assertion.
- n. A votive offering; an ex-voto.
- To promise solemnly; undertake, by a solemn promise, as to God or a deity, to do, perform, or give; devote.
- To threaten solemnly or upon oath.
- To assert or maintain solemnly; asseverate; swear.
- To make vows or solemn promises; protest solemnly; asseverate; declare emphatically.
- n. 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.
- n. A declaration or assertion.
- v. To make a vow.
- v. To declare publicly that one made a vow, usually to show one's determination or to announce an act of retaliation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection.
- v. To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly.
- v. To assert solemnly; to asseverate.
- v. To make a vow, or solemn promise.
- From Middle English, from Old French vut, from Latin votum ("a promise, dedication, vow"), from vovere ("to promise, vow"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vou, from Old French, from Latin vōtum; see vote.Short for avow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Luther alludes here of course to the vow of celibacy, which was curiously styled the vow of chastity; thus indirectly condemning marriage in general.”
“But such a vow is a foolish denial of the human journey and the spiritual work we're all required to do.”
“Yes," she replied, "but my understanding of my vow is an inner detachment — that I can use things or not, but that I'm not attached to them.”
“My new years vow is to scout scout scout before next fall!!!”
“Determined to become all she can be including recovering what she was before her marriage in hell, Ashley goes to therapy, learns self defense, and carries a gun; her vow is never again.”
“Americans must commit to a long term vow to take back America in the same way that American revolutionaries claimed their freedom from King George over two centuries ago.”
“Therefore to vow is to promise, and a vow is a promise.”
“Not only were they as good as their word, but the vow is kept to this day by their children's children.”
“The Heroic Act is often called a vow, yet it partakes more of the nature of an offering made to God and to Mary, and it is also, unlike”
“A vow is a bond upon the soul (Num.xxx. 2), by which we solemnly oblige ourselves, not only, in general, to do that which we are already bound to do, but, in some particular instances, to do that to do which we were not under any antecedent obligation, whether it respects honouring God or serving the interests of his kingdom among men.”
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