- The definition of a vow is a formal promise, usually of love and devotion.
An example of a vow is what a groom says to his bride during their wedding ceremony.
vow definition by Webster's New World
- a solemn promise or pledge, esp. one made to God or a god, dedicating oneself to an act, service, or way of life
- a solemn promise of love and fidelity: marriage vows
- a solemn affirmation or assertion
Origin: Middle English vou ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin votum: see vote
- to promise solemnly
- to make a solemn resolution to do, get, etc.
- to declare emphatically, earnestly, or solemnly
- vower noun
vow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An earnest promise to perform a specified act or behave in a certain manner, especially a solemn promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order: take the vows of a nun.
- A declaration or assertion.
- To promise solemnly; pledge. See Synonyms at promise.
- To make a pledge or threat to undertake: vowing revenge on their persecutors.
Origin: Middle English vou, from Old French, from Latin vōtum; see vote.
- vowˈer noun
Origin: Short for avow.
vow - Phrases/Idioms