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Meaning of AVOW

Pronunciation:  u'vaw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
  2. [v]  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"

AVOW is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: affirm, assert, aver, avouch, swan, swear, verify
 Antonyms: disavow
 See Also: acknowledge, admit, assure, attest, claim, declare, hold, protest, take, tell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*vow"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avowed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Avowing}.] [F. avouver, fr. L. advocare to call to (whence
    the meanings, to call upon as superior; recognize as lord,
    own, confess); ad + vocare to call. See {Advocate},
    1. To declare openly, as something believed to be right; to
       own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles
       or his crimes.
             Which I to be the of Israel's God Avow, and
             challenge Dagon to the test.          --Milton.
    2. (Law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See
       {Avowry}. --Blackstone.
    Syn: To acknowledge; own; confess. See {Confess}.
  2. \A*vow"\, n. [Cf. F. aveu.]
    Avowal. [Obs.] --Dryden.
  3. \A*vow"\, v. t. & i. [OF. avouer, fr. LL. votare to vow,
    fr. L. votun. See {Vote}, n.]
    To bind, or to devote, by a vow. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
  4. \A*vow"\, n.
    A vow or determination. [Archaic]
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