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avow

[ uh-vou ]
/ əˈvaʊ /
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verb (used with object)
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
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Origin of avow

1150–1200; Middle English avowen<Old French avoue(r) <Latin advocāre.See advocate

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British Dictionary definitions for avow

avow
/ (əˈvaʊ) /

verb (tr)
to state or affirm
to admit openly
law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)

Derived forms of avow

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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