avowed

[ uh-voud ]
/ əˈvaʊd /

adjective

acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

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Origin of avowed

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at avow, -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM avowed

a·vow·ed·ly [uh-vou-id-lee] /əˈvaʊ ɪd li/, adverba·vow·ed·ness, nounself-a·vowed, adjectiveun·a·vowed, adjective

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Definition for avowed (2 of 2)

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

OTHER WORDS FROM avow

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British Dictionary definitions for avowed

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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