Avow meaning

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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.

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To acknowledge or declare openly and unashamedly.

Avowed their faith in the electoral process.

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To state positively; declare.
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To declare openly or admit frankly.
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To acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be.

He avowed himself a patriot.

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To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly.
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To bind or devote by a vow.

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(law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See avowry.

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(obsolete) Avowal.

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Origin of avow

  • Middle English avowen from Old French avouer from Latin advocāre to call upon advocate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French avouer, from Latin advocare (“to call to, call upon, hence to call as a witness, defender, patron, or advocate”), from ad (“to”) + vocare (“to call”).

    From Wiktionary