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.

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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