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Webster 1913 Edition


Vow

Vow

,
Noun.
[OE.
vou
, OF.
vou
,
veu
,
vo
,
vu
, F.
v[GREEK]u
, from L.
votum
, from
vovere
, to vow. Cf.
Avow
,
Devout
,
Vote
.]
1.
A solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or conditionally, wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter time, to some act, service, or condition; a devotion of one’s possessions;
as, a baptismal
vow
; a
vow
of poverty
.
“Nothing . . . that may . . . stain my vow of Nazarite.”
Milton.
I pray thee, let me go and pay my
vow
.
2 Sam. xv. 7.
I am combined by a sacred
vow
.
Shakespeare
2.
Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection;
as, the marriage
vow
.
Knights of love, who never broke their
vow
;
Firm to their plighted faith.
Dryden.

Vow

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Vowed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Vowing
.]
[OE.
vouen
, OF.
vouer
,
voer
, F.
vouer
, LL.
votare
. See
Vow
,
Noun.
]
1.
To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly.
“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.”
Eccl. v. 4.
[Men] that
vow
a long and weary pilgrimage.
Shakespeare
2.
To assert solemnly; to asseverate.

Vow

,
Verb.
I.
To make a vow, or solemn promise.
Better is it that thou shouldest not
vow
, than that thou shouldest
vow
and not pay.
Eccl. v. 5.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vow

VOW

, n.
1.
A solemn promisemade to God, or by a pagan to his deity. The Roman generals when they went to war, sometimes made a vow that they would build a temple to some favorite deity, if he would give them victory. A vow is a promise of something to be given or done hereafter.
A person is constituted a religious by taking three vows, of chastity, of poverty, and of obedience. Among the Isrealites, the vows of children were not binding, unless ratified by the express or tacit consent of their father. Num. 30.
2.
A solemn promise; as the vows of unchangeable love and fidelity. In a moral and religious sense, vows are promises to God, as they appeal to God to witness their sincerity, and the violation of them is a most heinous offense.

VOW

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To give, consecrate or dedicate to God by a solemn promise. When Jacob went to Mesopotamia, he vowed to God a tenth of this substance, and his own future devotion to his service. Gen. 28.
When thou vowest a vow, defer not to pay it. Eccles. 5.
2.
To devote.

VOW

,
Verb.
I.
To make vows or solemn promises. He that vows, must be careful to perform.

Definition 2021


vow

vow

English

Noun

vow (plural vows)

  1. A solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner, especially a promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order.
    The old hermit, up in the mountains, took a vow of silence.
  2. A declaration or assertion.
    • 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
      Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.

Usage notes

  • One normally makes or takes a vow, or simply vows (see below).
  • Commonly mentioned vows include those of silence, obedience, poverty, chastity, and celibacy.
  • 'to keep/pay/fulfill a vow' = to honor a vow
  • 'to break a vow' = to dishonor a vow

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Verb

vow (third-person singular simple present vows, present participle vowing, simple past and past participle vowed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make a vow; to promise.
    • Bible, Eccl. v. 4
      When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.
    • Richard Baxter
      We do not vow that we will never sin, nor neglect a duty (nor ought we to do so).
  2. (transitive) To make a vow regarding (something).
    The wronged woman vowed revenge.
  3. To declare publicly that one has made a vow, usually to show one's determination or to announce an act of retaliation.
    The rebels vowed to continue their fight.

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