Pronunciation Noun

vow (plural vows)

  1. A solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner, especially a promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order.
    The old hermit, up in the mountains, took a vow of silence.
  2. A declaration or assertion.
  3. (obsolete) A votive offering.
    • 1786, Richard Payne Knight, The Worship of Priapus:
      There are also waxen vows, that represent other parts of the body mixed with them; but of these there are few in comparison of the number of the Priapi.
Translations Translations
  • German: Eid
  • Italian: voto
  • Russian: обяза́тельство

vow (vows, present participle vowing; past and past participle vowed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To make a vow; to promise.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ecclesiastes 5:4 ↗:
      When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.
    • We do not vow that we will never sin, nor neglect a duty (nor ought we to do so).
  2. (transitive) To make a vow regarding (something).
    The wronged woman vowed revenge.
  3. To declare publicly that one has made a vow, usually to show one's determination or to announce an act of retaliation.
    The rebels vowed to continue their fight.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: кля́сться
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