[ vou ]
/ vaʊ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a vow.
to make a solemn or earnest declaration.

Idioms for vow

    take vows, to enter a religious order or house.

Origin of vow

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French vo(u) < Latin vōtum, neuter of vōtus, past participle of vovēre to vow


vow·er, nounvow·less, adjectiveun·vowed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vow

/ (vaʊ) /


a solemn or earnest pledge or promise binding the person making it to perform a specified act or behave in a certain way
a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life
take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows


Derived forms of vow

vower, nounvowless, adjective

Word Origin for vow

C13: from Old French vou, from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow
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