avow

[ uh-vou ]
/ əˈvaʊ /

verb (used with object)

to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

Nearby words

  1. avoirdupois weight,
  2. avoirdupois weights,
  3. avon,
  4. avon lake,
  5. avouch,
  6. avowal,
  7. avowed,
  8. avowry,
  9. avram,
  10. avruga

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

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

avow

v.

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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