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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′ed·ly (-ĭd-lē) adv.
in an avowable manner; not secret or hidden