- a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.
- a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.
- a solemn or earnest declaration.
- to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to God or a saint: to vow a crusade or a pilgrimage.
- to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, observe, etc.: They vowed revenge.
- to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically (often followed by a clause as object): She vowed that she would take the matter to court.
- to dedicate or devote by a vow: to vow oneself to the service of God.
- to make a vow.
- to make a solemn or earnest declaration.
- take vows, to enter a religious order or house.
Origin of vow
Examples from the Web for vow
Kenyatta made a Bush-like vow to continue the war on Al-Shabab, saying, “We will not flinch.”Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
He made the vow on June 30, and I remember thinking at the time how strange it seemed.Immigration Reform? Not Until Hillary
September 8, 2014
Hamas spokesmen stand by the hospital gates and denounce the attack on Al Shejaiya as a massacre and vow to fight on.Palestinians Fleeing Israeli Bombardment in Gaza Have ‘Nowhere Left to Run’
July 20, 2014
Everything he stands for at the moment, and his soaring popularity in Russia, hinges on his vow to protect Russian speakers.Is This the Day Odessa Explodes?
May 8, 2014
They vow to meet after the war--home by Christmas--for a reunion at their Berlin bar.‘Generation War’ Lets World War II Germans Off Too Easily
January 26, 2014
The quality of sincerity in Dick's voice was more convincing than any vow might have been.Within the Law
And it was true I could have snatched the meat from her like a wolf, but because of my vow I would not.
I brought sickness on the village, and on you hunger and the breaking of your vow.'
Who had exacted from her so strange a vow, that, although he might be very dear to her, she was never to let him know it?The Dream
The student of nature in all the ages has taken the vow of poverty.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
- a solemn or earnest pledge or promise binding the person making it to perform a specified act or behave in a certain way
- a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life
- take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to pledge, promise, or undertake solemnlyhe vowed that he would continue; he vowed to return
- (tr) to dedicate or consecrate to God, a deity, or a saint
- (tr; usually takes a clause as object) to assert or swear emphatically
- (intr) archaic to declare solemnly
Word Origin and History for vow
c.1300, from Anglo-French and Old French vou, from Latin votum "a vow, wish, promise, dedication," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise solemnly, pledge, dedicate, vow," from PIE root *ewegwh- "to speak solemnly, vow" (cf. Sanskrit vaghat- "one who offers a sacrifice;" Greek eukhe "vow, wish," eukhomai "I pray").
c.1300, from Old French vouer, from vou (see vow (n.)). Related: Vowed; vowing.