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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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avow

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

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

[əˈvaʊ] vt (frm) (declare) → dichiarare apertamente
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References in classic literature ?
Tess was woman enough to realize from their avowals to herself that Angel Clare had the honour of all the dairymaids in his keeping, and her perception of his care to avoid compromising the happiness of either in the least degree bred a tender respect in Tess for what she deemed, rightly or wrongly, the self-controlling sense of duty shown by him, a quality which she had never expected to find in one of the opposite sex, and in the absence of which more than one of the simple hearts who were his house-mates might have gone weeping on her pilgrimage.
Craig, the gardener at the Chase, was over head and ears in love with her, and had lately made unmistakable avowals in luscious strawberries and hyperbolical peas.
Lecount's cool avowal, when she rose to leave us, of her own mercenary motives in wishing to discover her master and to enlighten him.
Not a few openly avowed themselves converted to antagonism; the rest needed only a slight stimulus to make a similar avowal. Seizing this favourable opportunity, the Circles hastily convened an extraordinary Assembly of the States; and besides the usual guard of Convicts, they secured the attendance of a large number of reactionary Women.
I shall ever despise the man who can be gratified by the passion which he never wished to inspire, nor solicited the avowal of.
She did not fully understand the motive for his final avowal, and a sudden intuition kept her from questioning him.
But when Love heard that awful confession from Beauty that she was married already, he bounced up from his attitude of humility on the carpet, uttering exclamations which caused poor little Beauty to be more frightened than she was when she made her avowal. "Married; you're joking," the Baronet cried, after the first explosion of rage and wonder.
In the hour of my death, I shall hold sacred the one good remembrance-- and shall thank and bless you for it--that my last avowal of myself was made to you, and that my name, and faults, and miseries were gently carried in your heart.
But the fact is, that we already hear it whispered in the private circles of those who oppose the new Constitution, that the thirteen States are of too great extent for any general system, and that we must of necessity resort to separate confederacies of distinct portions of the whole.[1] This doctrine will, in all probability, be gradually propagated, till it has votaries enough to countenance an open avowal of it.
28;' it is indeed the same," said he; "and now, am I to rely upon an avowal extorted by religious or physical terror?
Bennet before breakfast, a conversation beginning with his parsonage-house, and leading naturally to the avowal of his hopes, that a mistress might be found for it at Longbourn, produced from her, amid very complaisant smiles and general encouragement, a caution against the very Jane he had fixed on.
And the amazement and perplexity of Stepan Arkadyevitch at this avowal made her smile.