vow (plural vows)
- 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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Numbers 30:1–2:
- And Moses spake vnto the heads of the tribes, concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded.
If a man vowe a vow vnto the Lord, or sweare an othe to bind his soule with a bond: he shall not breake his word, hee shall doe according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
- A declaration or assertion.
- 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
- Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
- (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.
Usage notes edit
- One normally makes or takes a vow, or simply vows (see below).
- Commonly mentioned vows include those of silence, obedience, poverty, chastity, and celibacy.
- 'to keep/pay/fulfill a vow' = to honor a vow
- 'to break a vow' = to dishonor a vow
Derived terms edit
a solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner
a declaration or assertion
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive, intransitive) To make a vow; to promise.
- 1673, Richard Baxter, Christian Directory:
- We do not vow that we will never sin, nor neglect a duty (nor ought we to do so).
- (transitive) To make a vow regarding (something).
- The wronged woman vowed revenge.
- 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.
Derived terms edit
Terms derived from the noun or verb vow
to make a vow
to declare publicly that one made a vow
Related terms edit
Further reading edit
- “vow”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “vow”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “vow”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- exclamation of astonishment, pleasure, or admiration