Avow \A*vow"\, n. [Cf. F. aveu.] Avowal. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • avow — avow·al; avow·ant; avow·ry; dis·avow; avow; avow·ed·ly; …   English syllables

  • Avow — A*vow , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avowed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Avowing}.] [F. avouver, fr. L. advocare to call to (whence the meanings, to call upon as superior; recognize as lord, own, confess); ad + vocare to call. See {Advocate}, {Avouch}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avow — I verb acknowledge, admit, admit frankly, affirm, allege as a fact, articulate, assert, assert on oath, assert peremptorily, assert under oath, asseverate, attest, authenticate, aver, avouch, be bound, bear witness, certify, commit oneself,… …   Law dictionary

  • Avow — A*vow , v. t. & i. [OF. avouer, fr. LL. votare to vow, fr. L. votun. See {Vote}, n.] To bind, or to devote, by a vow. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Avow — A*vow , n. A vow or determination. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avow — (v.) early 13c., from Anglo Fr. avouer, O.Fr. avoer acknowledge, accept, recognize, especially as a protector (Mod.Fr. avouer), from L. advocare (see ADVOCATE (Cf. advocate)). A synonym of AVOUCH (Cf. avouch) (q.v.), which tends to contain the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • avow — 1 affirm, profess, declare, aver, avouch, warrant, *assert, protest, predicate Analogous words: *maintain, defend, vindicate 2 own, *acknowledge, confess, admit Analogous words: proclaim, *declare, publish, announce: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • avow — [v] state; profess acknowledge, admit, affirm, allow, assert, aver, avouch, concede, confess, cross one’s heart*, declare, grant, maintain, own up, proclaim, swear, swear on bible*, swear up and down*; concepts 49,60,71 Ant. censure, condemn,… …   New thesaurus

  • avow — ► VERB ▪ assert or confess openly. DERIVATIVES avowal noun avowed adjective. ORIGIN Old French avouer acknowledge , from Latin advocare summon in defence …   English terms dictionary

  • avow — [ə vou′] vt. [ME avowen < OFr avouer < L advocare: see ADVOCATE] 1. to declare openly or admit frankly 2. to acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be [he avowed himself a patriot] SYN. ACKNOWLEDGE avower n …   English World dictionary

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