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cov·e·nant

 (kŭv′ə-nənt)
n.
1. A binding agreement; a compact. See Synonyms at agreement.
2. Law
a. 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.
b. A contract.
3. In the Bible, a divine promise establishing or modifying God's relationship to humanity or to a particular group.
4. One of the agreements supported by a Covenanter.
v. cov·e·nant·ed, cov·e·nant·ing, cov·e·nants
v.tr.
To promise by a covenant.
v.intr.
To enter into a covenant.

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

cov′e·nant′al (-năn′tl) adj.
cov′e·nant′al·ly adv.

covenant

(ˈkʌvənənt)
n
1. a binding agreement; contract
2. (Law) law
a. an agreement in writing under seal, as to pay a stated annual sum to a charity
b. a particular clause in such an agreement, esp in a lease
3. (Law) (in early English law) an action in which damages were sought for breach of a sealed agreement
4. (Theology) Bible God's promise to the Israelites and their commitment to worship him alone
vb
(Law) to agree to a covenant (concerning)
[C13: from Old French, from covenir to agree, from Latin convenīre to come together, make an agreement; see convene]
covenantal adj
ˌcoveˈnantally adv

Covenant

(ˈkʌvənənt)
n
(Historical Terms) history Scot any of the bonds entered into by Scottish Presbyterians to defend their religion, esp one in 1638 (National Covenant) and one of 1643 (Solemn League and Covenant)

cov•e•nant

(ˈkʌv ə nənt)

n.
1. an agreement, usu. formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.
2. the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
3. a formal agreement of legal validity, esp. one under seal.
v.i.
4. to enter into a covenant.
v.t.
5. to promise by covenant; pledge.
6. to stipulate.
[1250–1300; < Old French, n. use of present participle of covenir < Latin convenīre to come together, agree; see convene, -ant]

covenant


Past participle: covenanted
Gerund: covenanting

Imperative
covenant
covenant
Present
I covenant
you covenant
he/she/it covenants
we covenant
you covenant
they covenant
Preterite
I covenanted
you covenanted
he/she/it covenanted
we covenanted
you covenanted
they covenanted
Present Continuous
I am covenanting
you are covenanting
he/she/it is covenanting
we are covenanting
you are covenanting
they are covenanting
Present Perfect
I have covenanted
you have covenanted
he/she/it has covenanted
we have covenanted
you have covenanted
they have covenanted
Past Continuous
I was covenanting
you were covenanting
he/she/it was covenanting
we were covenanting
you were covenanting
they were covenanting
Past Perfect
I had covenanted
you had covenanted
he/she/it had covenanted
we had covenanted
you had covenanted
they had covenanted
Future
I will covenant
you will covenant
he/she/it will covenant
we will covenant
you will covenant
they will covenant
Future Perfect
I will have covenanted
you will have covenanted
he/she/it will have covenanted
we will have covenanted
you will have covenanted
they will have covenanted
Future Continuous
I will be covenanting
you will be covenanting
he/she/it will be covenanting
we will be covenanting
you will be covenanting
they will be covenanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been covenanting
you have been covenanting
he/she/it has been covenanting
we have been covenanting
you have been covenanting
they have been covenanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been covenanting
you will have been covenanting
he/she/it will have been covenanting
we will have been covenanting
you will have been covenanting
they will have been covenanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been covenanting
you had been covenanting
he/she/it had been covenanting
we had been covenanting
you had been covenanting
they had been covenanting
Conditional
I would covenant
you would covenant
he/she/it would covenant
we would covenant
you would covenant
they would covenant
Past Conditional
I would have covenanted
you would have covenanted
he/she/it would have covenanted
we would have covenanted
you would have covenanted
they would have covenanted

covenant

An agreement made between God and the Israelites in which God promises to love and protect them, but requiring certain duties in return.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.covenant - a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
written agreement - a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties
2.covenant - (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Bible, Word of God, Book, Word - the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
agreement, understanding - the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
Verb1.covenant - enter into a covenant
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
pledge, plight - promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
confirm - administer the rite of confirmation to; "the children were confirmed in their mother's faith"
bar mitzvah - confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith
bat mitzvah - confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
2.covenant - enter into a covenant or formal agreement; "They covenanted with Judas for 30 pieces of silver"; "The nations covenanted to fight terrorism around the world"
commune, communicate - receive Communion, in the Catholic church
pledge, plight - promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
communicate - administer Communion; in church

covenant

noun
1. promise, contract, agreement, commitment, arrangement, treaty, pledge, bargain, convention, pact, compact, concordat, trust the United Nations covenant on civil and political rights
2. (Law) deed, contract, bond If you make regular gifts through a covenant we can reclaim the income tax.
verb
1. promise, agree, contract, pledge, bargain, undertake, engage In the deed of separation, he covenanted that he would not revoke his will.

covenant

noun
1. A legally binding arrangement between parties:
2. An agreement, especially one involving a sale or exchange:
3. A declaration that one will or will not do a certain thing:
verb
1. To enter into a formal agreement:
2. To guarantee by a solemn promise:
Idiom: give one's word of honor.
Translations
عَهْد، ميثاق
dohodasmlouva
kontraktoverenskomstpagt
liittositoutuasopimusvakuus
frigy
samkomulag, samningur
pasižadėjimas
līgums
avtala
mukavelesözleşme

covenant

[ˈkʌvɪnənt]
A. N
1. (legal) → pacto m, convenio m (also tax covenant) (Brit) sistema de contribuciones caritativas con beneficios fiscales para el beneficiario
see also deed
2. Covenant (Bible) → Alianza f
B. VTpactar, concertar
to covenant £20 a year to a charityconcertar el pago de 20 libras anuales a una sociedad benéfica
C. VI to covenant with sb for sthpactar algo con algn

covenant

[ˈkʌvənənt]
n
(= formal agreement) → contrat m
(= promise to give money) → engagement m
vt [+ sum] to covenant £200 per year to a charity → s'engager à verser 200 livres par an à une œuvre de bienfaisance

covenant

nSchwur m; (Bibl) → Bund m; (Jur) → Verpflichtung fzu regelmäßigen Spenden; to swear a solemn covenant that …feierlich schwören, dass …
vt to covenant to do somethingdurch ein Abkommen versprechen, etw zu tun; (Jur) → sich vertraglich verpflichten, etw zu tun
viein Abkommen/einen Bund schließen

covenant

[ˈkʌvɪnənt]
1. naccordo (scritto)
2. vt to covenant to do sthimpegnarsi (per iscritto) a fare qc
to covenant £200 per year to a charity → impegnarsi a versare 200 sterline all'anno a un'organizzazione benefica

covenant

(ˈkavənənt) noun
an agreement between two people or two parties to do, or not to do, something. She signed a covenant to give money to the school fund.
References in classic literature ?
You have no warranty for such an audacious doctrine, nor any covenant to support it," cried David who was deeply tinctured with the subtle distinctions which, in his time , and more especially in his province, had been drawn around the beautiful simplicity of revelation, by endeavoring to penetrate the awful mystery of the divine nature, supplying faith by self-sufficiency, and by consequence, involving those who reasoned from such human dogmas in absurdities and doubt; "your temple is reared on the sands, and the first tempest will wash away its foundation.
But here be it premised, that owing to the unwearied activity with which of late they have been hunted over all four oceans, the Sperm Whales, instead of almost invariably sailing in small detached companies, as in former times, are now frequently met with in extensive herds, sometimes embracing so great a multitude, that it would almost seem as if numerous nations of them had sworn solemn league and covenant for mutual assistance and protection.
As to that, said Sir Launcelot, I will not take your yielding unto me, but so that ye yield you unto Sir Kay the seneschal, on that covenant I will save your lives and else not.
I felt myself," she added, "to be as solemnly engaged to him, as if the strictest legal covenant had bound us to each other.
Dextrously thou aim'st; So willingly doth God remit his Ire, Though late repenting him of Man deprav'd, Griev'd at his heart, when looking down he saw The whole Earth fill'd with violence, and all flesh Corrupting each thir way; yet those remoov'd, Such grace shall one just Man find in his sight, That he relents, not to blot out mankind, And makes a Covenant never to destroy The Earth again by flood, nor let the Sea Surpass his bounds, nor Rain to drown the World With Man therein or Beast; but when he brings Over the Earth a Cloud, will therein set His triple-colour'd Bow, whereon to look And call to mind his Cov'nant: Day and Night, Seed time and Harvest, Heat and hoary Frost Shall hold thir course, till fire purge all things new, Both Heav'n and Earth, wherein the just shall dwell.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
Now that Ulysses is revenged, let them swear to a solemn covenant, in virtue of which he shall continue to rule, while we cause the others to forgive and forget the massacre of their sons and brothers.
Peace proposals unaccompanied by a sworn covenant indicate a plot.
Cotton Mather, a very learned and eminent clergyman, believed that the whole country was full of witches and wizards, who had given up their hopes of heaven, and signed a covenant with the evil one.
Think that the Achaeans and Trojans have sworn to a solemn covenant, and that they have each been numbered--the Trojans by the roll of their householders, and we by companies of ten; think further that each of our companies desired to have a Trojan householder to pour out their wine; we are so greatly more in number that full many a company would have to go without its cup-bearer.
Friend," said the other, exchanging his slow pace for a full stop, "having kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came.
There was a difference between the proposition and the covenant which she had felt only too quickly.