from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A binding agreement; a compact. synonym: agreement.
  • noun A condition in a contract such as a deed or lease, nonperformance or violation of which gives rise to a cause of action for breach.
  • noun A contract.
  • noun In the Bible, a divine promise establishing or modifying God's relationship to humanity or to a particular group.
  • noun One of the agreements supported by a Covenanter.
  • intransitive verb To promise by a covenant.
  • intransitive verb To enter into a covenant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A mutual compact or agreement of two or more persons to do or to refrain from doing some act; a contract; a compact.
  • noun In law: In general, an agreement under seal; a specialty; any promise made by deed.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Eccles., a solemn agreement between the members of a church, as that they will act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.
  • noun Specifically, an indenture; an article of apprenticeship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of convenir, to agree; see convene.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French covenant ("agreement"), from Latin conveniens ("agreeing, agreeable, suitable, convenient"), present participle of conveniō ("to agree"). Cognate with convenient.


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