avow


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a·vow

 (ə-vou′)
tr.v. a·vowed, a·vow·ing, a·vows
1. To acknowledge or declare openly and unashamedly: avowed their faith in the electoral process.
2. To state positively; declare: "Various church councils have avowed that evolution poses no threat to supernatural belief" (Frederick C. Crews).

[Middle English avowen, from Old French avouer, from Latin advocāre, to call upon; see advocate.]

a·vow′a·ble adj.
a·vow′a·bly adv.
a·vow′ed·ly (-ĭd-lē) adv.
a·vow′er n.

avow

(əˈvaʊ)
vb (tr)
1. to state or affirm
2. to admit openly
3. (Law) law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
[C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate]
aˈvowable adj
aˈvowal n
avowed adj
avowedly adv
aˈvower n

a•vow

(əˈvaʊ)

v.t.
to declare frankly or openly; acknowledge; admit.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old French avouer < Latin advocāre; see advocate]
a•vow′a•ble, adj.
a•vow′er, n.

avow


Past participle: avowed
Gerund: avowing

Imperative
avow
avow
Present
I avow
you avow
he/she/it avows
we avow
you avow
they avow
Preterite
I avowed
you avowed
he/she/it avowed
we avowed
you avowed
they avowed
Present Continuous
I am avowing
you are avowing
he/she/it is avowing
we are avowing
you are avowing
they are avowing
Present Perfect
I have avowed
you have avowed
he/she/it has avowed
we have avowed
you have avowed
they have avowed
Past Continuous
I was avowing
you were avowing
he/she/it was avowing
we were avowing
you were avowing
they were avowing
Past Perfect
I had avowed
you had avowed
he/she/it had avowed
we had avowed
you had avowed
they had avowed
Future
I will avow
you will avow
he/she/it will avow
we will avow
you will avow
they will avow
Future Perfect
I will have avowed
you will have avowed
he/she/it will have avowed
we will have avowed
you will have avowed
they will have avowed
Future Continuous
I will be avowing
you will be avowing
he/she/it will be avowing
we will be avowing
you will be avowing
they will be avowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been avowing
you have been avowing
he/she/it has been avowing
we have been avowing
you have been avowing
they have been avowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been avowing
you will have been avowing
he/she/it will have been avowing
we will have been avowing
you will have been avowing
they will have been avowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been avowing
you had been avowing
he/she/it had been avowing
we had been avowing
you had been avowing
they had been avowing
Conditional
I would avow
you would avow
he/she/it would avow
we would avow
you would avow
they would avow
Past Conditional
I would have avowed
you would have avowed
he/she/it would have avowed
we would have avowed
you would have avowed
they would have avowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.avow - to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as trueavow - to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
hold - assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
claim, take - lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea"
attest - authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity; "I attest this signature"
declare - state firmly; "He declared that he was innocent"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
protest - affirm or avow formally or solemnly; "The suspect protested his innocence"
assure, tell - inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"
2.avow - admit openly and bluntlyavow - admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
acknowledge, admit - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
disavow - refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with; "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"

avow

verb state, maintain, declare, allege, recognize, swear, assert, proclaim, affirm, profess, aver, asseverate a public statement avowing neutrality

avow

verb
1. To recognize, often reluctantly, the reality or truth of:
Slang: fess up.
Chiefly Regional: allow.
2. To put into words positively and with conviction:
Idiom: have it.
Translations

avow

[əˈvaʊ] VT (frm)
1. (= recognize) → reconocer, admitir, confesar
many men avow they find blondes insipid and coldmuchos hombres admiten or reconocen or confiesan que las rubias les parecen frías e insípidas
he avowed himself beatenreconoció or admitió que había perdido
2. (= affirm) → afirmar, declarar

avow

[əˈvaʊ] (formal) vt (= declare) → déclarer
to avow that ... → déclarer que ...

avow

vt (liter)erklären; belief, faithbekennen; to avow one’s love (to somebody)(jdm) seine Liebe erklären or gestehen, sich (jdm) erklären; he avowed himself to be a royalister bekannte (offen), Royalist zu sein

avow

[əˈvaʊ] vt (frm) (declare) → dichiarare apertamente
References in classic literature ?
Knowing the sentiments of the father in relation to this people, it was no wonder that the son hesitated to avow his connection with, nay, even his dependence on the integrity of, a Quaker.
In transcribing his notes and fortifying their claim to attention by giving them something of an orderly arrangement, I have conscientiously refrained from embellishing them with such small ornaments of diction as I may have felt myself able to bestow, which would not only have been impertinent, even if pleasing, but would have given me a somewhat closer relation to the work than I should care to have and to avow.
All mankind are like us, but they have not the candour to avow it.
As to the great service," said Carton, "I am bound to avow to you, when you speak of it in that way, that it was mere professional claptrap, I don't know that I cared what became of you, when I rendered it.
I well avow that I have done certain deeds this day.
Leaving a part to his majesty is to avow that that part has inspired you with doubts as to the lawfulness of the means of acquisition.
Lastly, you avow and confess to having, with the aid of the demon, and of the phantom vulgarly known as the surly monk, on the night of the twenty-ninth of March last, murdered and assassinated a captain named Phoebus de Châteaupers?
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