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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related 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
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British Dictionary definitions for reavow


verb (tr)
  1. to state or affirm
  2. to admit openly
  3. law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
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Derived Formsavowable, adjectiveavowal, nounavowed (əˈvaʊd), adjectiveavowedly (əˈvaʊɪdlɪ), adverbavower, noun

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 reavow



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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