- a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.
- a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.
- a solemn or earnest declaration.
- to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to God or a saint: to vow a crusade or a pilgrimage.
- to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, observe, etc.: They vowed revenge.
- to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically (often followed by a clause as object): She vowed that she would take the matter to court.
- to dedicate or devote by a vow: to vow oneself to the service of God.
- to make a vow.
- to make a solemn or earnest declaration.
- take vows, to enter a religious order or house.
Origin of vow
Examples from the Web for vowed
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
Bohac vowed to that when he came back next year there would be no confusion about any Christmas tree or Santa aprons.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
So was the importance of protest itself, which he vowed to protect from the heavy-handed policies employed by his predecessors.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
The company lawyer promised to deliver the RFI to executives and vowed to help schedule a meeting.Can God Beat the NRA?
November 13, 2014
I kneel not, repenting of what I have vowed in such a case as that I have supposed.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
On the death of his countess, Foulques vowed to go on a crusade.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
He lifted a hand to Heaven and vowed solemnly: "Never again!"The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I have no thought, no ambition, no sentiment that is not vowed to her.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Besides, had he not vowed in all charity that he would not wound anyone with his doubts?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to pledge, promise, or undertake solemnlyhe vowed that he would continue; he vowed to return
- (tr) to dedicate or consecrate to God, a deity, or a saint
- (tr; usually takes a clause as object) to assert or swear emphatically
- (intr) archaic to declare solemnly
Word Origin and History for vowed
c.1300, from Old French vouer, from vou (see vow (n.)). Related: Vowed; vowing.
c.1300, from Anglo-French and Old French vou, from Latin votum "a vow, wish, promise, dedication," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise solemnly, pledge, dedicate, vow," from PIE root *ewegwh- "to speak solemnly, vow" (cf. Sanskrit vaghat- "one who offers a sacrifice;" Greek eukhe "vow, wish," eukhomai "I pray").