avow

  • 1 avow — avow·al; avow·ant; avow·ry; dis·avow; avow; avow·ed·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 2 Avow — 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}, {Avouch}.] 1. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 avow — I verb acknowledge, admit, admit frankly, affirm, allege as a fact, articulate, assert, assert on oath, assert peremptorily, assert under oath, asseverate, attest, authenticate, aver, avouch, be bound, bear witness, certify, commit oneself,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Avow — A*vow , n. [Cf. F. aveu.] Avowal. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Avow — 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. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Avow — A*vow , n. A vow or determination. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 avow — (v.) early 13c., from Anglo Fr. avouer, O.Fr. avoer acknowledge, accept, recognize, especially as a protector (Mod.Fr. avouer), from L. advocare (see ADVOCATE (Cf. advocate)). A synonym of AVOUCH (Cf. avouch) (q.v.), which tends to contain the… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 avow — 1 affirm, profess, declare, aver, avouch, warrant, *assert, protest, predicate Analogous words: *maintain, defend, vindicate 2 own, *acknowledge, confess, admit Analogous words: proclaim, *declare, publish, announce: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 avow — [v] state; profess acknowledge, admit, affirm, allow, assert, aver, avouch, concede, confess, cross one’s heart*, declare, grant, maintain, own up, proclaim, swear, swear on bible*, swear up and down*; concepts 49,60,71 Ant. censure, condemn,… …

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  • 10 avow — ► VERB ▪ assert or confess openly. DERIVATIVES avowal noun avowed adjective. ORIGIN Old French avouer acknowledge , from Latin advocare summon in defence …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 avow — [ə vou′] vt. [ME avowen < OFr avouer < L advocare: see ADVOCATE] 1. to declare openly or admit frankly 2. to acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be [he avowed himself a patriot] SYN. ACKNOWLEDGE avower n …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 avow — avouch, avow, vouch Avouch, meaning ‘to assure, guarantee, acknowledge’ and overlapping with avow, can be found in the Bible (AV), Spenser, Marlowe, Milton, Byron, and Thackeray, but despite these fine credentials is no longer in general use.… …

    Modern English usage

  • 13 avow — UK [əˈvaʊ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms avow : present tense I/you/we/they avow he/she/it avows present participle avowing past tense avowed past participle avowed formal to publicly claim or promise something …

    English dictionary

  • 14 avow — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French avuer, avouer, from Latin advocare Date: 14th century 1. to declare assuredly < she avowed her innocence > 2. to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame …

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  • 15 avow — [[t]əva͟ʊ[/t]] avows, avowing, avowed VERB If you avow something, you admit it or declare it. [FORMAL] [V n] ...a public statement avowing neutrality... The Prime Minister avowed that he saw no need to change his country s policies. [Also V with… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 AVOW — analog voice orderwire …

    Military dictionary

  • 17 avow — avowable, adj. avower, n. /euh vow /, v.t. to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances. [1150 1200; ME avowen < OF avoue(r) < L advocare. See ADVOCATE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18 avow — verb To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly. Vito avowed to take revenge on the man who murdered his father. Ant …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 avow — Synonyms and related words: accept, acknowledge, admit, admit everything, affirm, agree provisionally, allege, allow, announce, annunciate, argue, assent grudgingly, assert, assever, asseverate, attest, aver, avouch, bear witness, certify, claim …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 avow — v. (formal) (M or N; used with a noun) he avowed himself (to be) a socialist * * * [ə vaʊ] (formal) (M or N; used with a noun) he avowed himself (to be) a socialist …

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