- 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.
- 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 of vowMiddle 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
verbvowed, vow·ing, vows
- To promise solemnly; pledge. See Synonyms at promise.
- To make a pledge or threat to undertake: vowing revenge on their persecutors.
Origin of vowMiddle English vou, from Old French, from Latin vōtum; see vote.
Origin of vowShort for avow.
- 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
(third-person singular simple present vows, present participle vowing, simple past and past participle vowed)
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