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vow 1

 (vou)
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.
v. vowed, vow·ing, vows
v.tr.
1. To promise solemnly; pledge. See Synonyms at promise.
2. To make a pledge or threat to undertake: vowing revenge on their persecutors.
v.intr.
To make a vow; promise.

[Middle English vou, from Old French, from Latin vōtum; see vote.]

vow′er n.

vow 2

 (vou)
tr.v.
To declare or assert: "Well, I vow it is as fine a boy as ever was seen!" (Henry Fielding).

[Short for avow.]

vow

(vaʊ)
n
1. a solemn or earnest pledge or promise binding the person making it to perform a specified act or behave in a certain way: marriage vows.
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows
vb
4. (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to pledge, promise, or undertake solemnly: he vowed that he would continue; he vowed to return.
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (tr) to dedicate or consecrate to God, a deity, or a saint
6. (tr; usually takes a clause as object) to assert or swear emphatically
7. (intr) archaic to declare solemnly
[C13: from Old French vou, from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow]
ˈvower n
ˈvowless adj

vow

(vaʊ)

n.
1. a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.
2. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.
3. a solemn or earnest declaration.
v.t.
4. to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to a deity or a saint.
5. to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, etc.: They vowed revenge.
6. to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically.
7. to dedicate or devote by a vow.
v.i.
8. to make a vow.
Idioms:
take vows, to make an official commitment to a religious order.
[1250–1300; < Old French vo(u) < Latin vōtum, neuter of vōtus, past participle of vovēre to vow]
vow′er, n.

vow

  • drawing the nail - Means absolving oneself of a vow.
  • vum - To swear or vow.
  • votal - Means "associated with or having the nature of a vow."
  • vote - From Latin votum, "vow, wish," which was its original meaning in English. The word had a number of meanings—now obsolete—before it took on the sense (in the 15th century) of "a formal expression of one's opinion or approval or disapproval of a matter, especially a candidate, motion, or proposal."

vow


Past participle: vowed
Gerund: vowing

Imperative
vow
vow
Present
I vow
you vow
he/she/it vows
we vow
you vow
they vow
Preterite
I vowed
you vowed
he/she/it vowed
we vowed
you vowed
they vowed
Present Continuous
I am vowing
you are vowing
he/she/it is vowing
we are vowing
you are vowing
they are vowing
Present Perfect
I have vowed
you have vowed
he/she/it has vowed
we have vowed
you have vowed
they have vowed
Past Continuous
I was vowing
you were vowing
he/she/it was vowing
we were vowing
you were vowing
they were vowing
Past Perfect
I had vowed
you had vowed
he/she/it had vowed
we had vowed
you had vowed
they had vowed
Future
I will vow
you will vow
he/she/it will vow
we will vow
you will vow
they will vow
Future Perfect
I will have vowed
you will have vowed
he/she/it will have vowed
we will have vowed
you will have vowed
they will have vowed
Future Continuous
I will be vowing
you will be vowing
he/she/it will be vowing
we will be vowing
you will be vowing
they will be vowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vowing
you have been vowing
he/she/it has been vowing
we have been vowing
you have been vowing
they have been vowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vowing
you will have been vowing
he/she/it will have been vowing
we will have been vowing
you will have been vowing
they will have been vowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vowing
you had been vowing
he/she/it had been vowing
we had been vowing
you had been vowing
they had been vowing
Conditional
I would vow
you would vow
he/she/it would vow
we would vow
you would vow
they would vow
Past Conditional
I would have vowed
you would have vowed
he/she/it would have vowed
we would have vowed
you would have vowed
they would have vowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vow - a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "they took vows of poverty"
assurance, pledge - a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something; "an assurance of help when needed"; "signed a pledge never to reveal the secret"
Verb1.vow - make a vowvow - make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
pledge, plight - promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
affiance, betroth, plight, engage - give to in marriage
profess - take vows, as in religious order; "she professed herself as a nun"
swear - promise solemnly; take an oath
2.vow - dedicate to a deity by a vow
dedicate, devote, commit, consecrate, give - give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

vow

verb
1. promise, pledge, swear, commit, engage, affirm, avow, bind yourself, undertake solemnly She vowed that some day she would return to live in France.
noun
1. promise, commitment, pledge, oath, profession, troth (archaic), avowal Most people still take their marriage vows seriously.

vow

noun
A declaration that one will or will not do a certain thing:
verb
To guarantee by a solemn promise:
Idiom: give one's word of honor.
Translations
نَذْريُنْذِريُهَددِّ، يُنْذِر
přísahatslib
=-løfteløftesværge
lupausvalavannoa
strengja heitheitheita òví aî, sverja
prisiekti grasinant
draudētsvinīgi solītsvinīgs solījumszvērestszvērēt
zaobljubazaobljubiti se
antant içmekyeminyemin ederek söz vermekyemin etmek

vow

[vaʊ]
A. N (Rel) → voto m; (= promise) → promesa f, compromiso m
lovers' vowspromesas fpl solemnes de los amantes
to take or make a vow thatjurar or prometer que ...
to take or make a vow to do sthjurar hacer algo, comprometerse a hacer algo
to break one's vowfaltar a un compromiso
to take one's vows (Rel) → hacer sus votos (monásticos)
to take a vow of poverty/chastityhacer voto de pobreza/castidad
B. VT [+ obedience, allegiance] → jurar, prometer
to vow to do sthjurar hacer algo, comprometerse a hacer algo
to vow thatjurar or prometer que ...

vow

[ˈvaʊ]
nvœu m
to take a vow to do sth, to make a vow to do sth → faire le vœu de faire qch
I made a vow to be more careful in the future → J'ai fait le vœu de faire plus attention à l'avenir.
vt
to vow revenge → jurer vengeance
to vow to do sth → faire le vœu de faire qch
to vow that → faire le vœu que

vow

nVersprechen nt, → Gelöbnis nt; (Rel) → Gelübde nt; to make a vow to do somethinggeloben, etw zu tun; to take one’s vowssein Gelübde ablegen; to take a vow of chastityein Keuschheitsgelübde ntablegen; to take a vow of silenceSchweigen ntgeloben
vt obediencegeloben; to vow vengeance on somebodyjdm Rache schwören; he is vowed to silenceer hat Schweigen gelobt

vow

[vaʊ]
1. nvoto
to take or make a vow to do sth → fare voto di fare qc
to take one's vows (Rel) → prendere i voti
2. vt (obedience, allegiance) → giurare
to vow to do sth/that → giurare di fare qc/che

vow

(vau) noun
a solemn promise, especially one made to God. The monks have made/taken a vow of silence; marriage vows.
verb
1. to make a solemn promise (that). He vowed that he would die rather than surrender.
2. to threaten. He vowed revenge on all his enemies.
References in classic literature ?
You see, having said that if Meg married `that Brooke' she shouldn't have a cent of her money, Aunt March was rather in a quandary when time had appeased her wrath and made her repent her vow.
I ardently echoed, giving her my hand to make it a vow.
I, of course, kept the vow I made after the fight with Mr.
I had once vowed that I would never call her aunt again: I thought it no sin to forget and break that vow now.
returned Carton, stamping his foot; "have I sworn by no solemn vow already, to go through with this, that you waste the precious moments now?
Micawber, 'it is my intention to register such a vow on the virgin page of the future.
There grew twin apples high on a bough Within an orchard fair; The tree was all of gold, I vow, And the apples of silver were.
Say to them, Hundebert, that Cedric would himself bid them welcome, but he is under a vow never to step more than three steps from the dais of his own hall to meet any who shares not the blood of Saxon royalty.
Christine Daae did not say a word: she moved about noiselessly, like a sister of charity, who had taken a vow of silence.
As he gave a parting look, a breeze waved the little banner upon the sapling oak and reminded Reuben of his vow.
And my lord he loves me well; But, when first he breathed his vow, I felt my bosom swell - For the words rang as a knell, And the voice seemed his who fell In the battle down the dell, And who is happy now.
It will be remembered, that, in the usual version of the tales, a certain monarch having good cause to be jealous of his queen, not only puts her to death, but makes a vow, by his beard and the prophet, to espouse each night the most beautiful maiden in his dominions, and the next morning to deliver her up to the executioner.