verb (used with object)
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
Origin of avow
1150–1200; Middle English avowenRelated formsa·vow·a·ble, adjectivea·vow·er, nounre·a·vow, verb (used with object)un·a·vow·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vow·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·vow·a·bly, adverb
< Old French avoue(r
) < Latin advocāre.
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Related Words for avowconfess
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It is wise, and may be useful, on all proper occasions, to avow our convictions.
All mankind are like us, but they have not the candour to avow it.'
As it was, I found it impossible to avow the one without the other.
He was forced to avow the wisdom of my counsel, and to be guided by it.
I have at least reached the point in life where men not only have convictions but avow them.'
British Dictionary definitions for avow
Derived Formsavowable, adjectiveavowal, nounavowed (əˈvaʊd), adjectiveavowedly (əˈvaʊɪdlɪ), adverbavower, noun
to state or affirm
to admit openly
law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Word Origin for avow
C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate
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Word Origin and History for avow
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.
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