- To avow is defined as to make it known or to admit to it.
When a politician admits his guilt to reporters this an example of avow.
- to declare openly or admit frankly
- to acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be: he avowed himself a patriot
Origin: Middle English avowen ; from Old French avouer ; from Classical Latin advocare: see advocate
- avower noun
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transitive verb a·vowed, a·vow·ing, a·vows
- To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess: avow guilt. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- To state positively.
Origin: Middle English avowen, from Old French avouer, from Latin advocāre, to call upon; see advocate.
- a·vowˈa·ble adjective
- a·vowˈa·bly adverb
- a·vowˈed·ly adverb
- a·vowˈer noun