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Meaning of VOW

Pronunciation:  vaw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner; "they took vows of poverty"
  2. [v]  make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
  3. [v]  dedicate to a deity by a vow

VOW is a 3 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: consecrate
 See Also: affiance, assurance, betroth, commit, dedicate, devote, engage, give, pledge, pledge, plight, profess, swear



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vow\, n. [OE. vou, OF. vou, veu, vo, vu, F. v?u, from L.
    votum, from vovere, to vow. Cf. {Avow}, {Devout}, {Vote}.]
    1. A solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by
       which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or
       conditionally, wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter
       time, to some act, service, or condition; a devotion of
       one's possessions; as, a baptismal vow; a vow of poverty.
       ``Nothing . . . that may . . . stain my vow of Nazarite.''
             I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow. --2 Sam. xv.
             I am combined by a sacred vow.        --Shak.
    2. Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or
       affection; as, the marriage vow.
             Knights of love, who never broke their vow; Firm to
             their plighted faith.                 --Dryden.
  2. \Vow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Vowing}.] [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare.
    See {Vow}, n.]
    1. To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity,
       by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly.
       ``When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.''
       --Eccl. v. 4.
             [Men] that vow a long and weary pilgrimage. --Shak.
    2. To assert solemnly; to asseverate.
  3. \Vow\, v. i.
    To make a vow, or solemn promise.
          Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that
          thou shouldest vow and not pay.          --Eccl. v. 5.