Word Origin See more synonyms for avow on Thesaurus.com 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
advocate Related forms a·vow·a·ble, adjective a·vow·er, noun re·a·vow, verb (used with object) un·a·vow·a·ble, adjective un·a·vow·a·ble·ness, noun un·a·vow·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for reavow to state or affirm to admit openly law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken) Derived Forms avowable, adjective avowal, noun avowed ( əˈvaʊd), adjective avowedly ( əˈvaʊɪdlɪ), adverb avower, noun Word Origin
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 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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