Dictionary.net

Definitions of vow

  1. dedicate to a deity by a vow
  2. 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"
  3. make a vow; promise; " He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
  4. 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.
  5. Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection; as, the marriage vow.
  6. To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly.
  7. To assert solemnly; to asseverate.
  8. A solemn promise or pledge, especially one made to God or before God; a pledge of love and faithfulness.
  9. To promise solemnly.
  10. A solemn promise to God: a solemn or formal promise of fidelity or affection.
  11. To make vows.
  12. A solemn promise. esp. to God; promise of fidelity or affection.
  13. To devote solemnly.
  14. To make a vow.
  15. To promise solemnly, as to God; make a vow.
  16. A solemn promise, as to God; solemn pledge.
  17. A solemn promise made to God or to some deity; a solemn promise or pledge.
  18. To give, consecrate or dedicate to God by a solemn promise; to devote.
  19. To make vows or solemn promises.
  20. A solemn promise made to God; a solemn engagement to one's self to do something hereafter; a formal promise of love or matrimony.
  21. To consecrate or set apart to God by solemn promise; to make a solemn promise.

Usage examples for vow

  1. He made, at that moment, a solemn vow to deliver him and then looked around for the means. – Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
  2. And then he told Bath Zabbai how in all his wanderings he had kept their vow in mind, and with that, too, her other words of counsel, " Watch and Wait." – Historic Girls by E. S. Brooks
  3. In a moment she returned and said, " Now, Colonel, I must be honest, especially as I think of your vow in the dark woods. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  4. And I will flee far from this land of mine, And vow that Birkabeyn was ne'er my sire!" – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  5. If he was not querulous and bitter, it was because he had taken an extraordinary vow not to be; a vow heroic, for him, a vow which those who knew him well had the tenderness to appreciate. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  6. I vow I never thought she'd turn up. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  7. " I confided to you then," he exclaimed, deeply hurt, " the solemn vow I made to my poor mother ere she closed her eyes in death." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. By a vow my mother made in her sickness my youth and my life are bound for ever. – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  9. The time has come for me to pay the vow which I made to my dying father and to myself. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  10. But now I vow you go beyond me. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  11. As for coming to this house again, I can tell you frankly that as I now feel I could almost make a vow never to enter its doors again as long as I live." – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. Then she made vow to Giselher that she would stay. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  13. There, on thoughts that once were mine, Day looks down the eastern steep, And the youth at morning shine Makes the vow he will not keep. – A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman Commentator: William Stanley Braithwaite
  14. Don't tell me that it is better to break a sacred vow than to keep it with rebellion! – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  15. Then Frithiof blamed Ingeborg for her broken vow and declared he would never believe her again. – Northland Heroes by Florence Holbrook
  16. I shall keep that vow, as I keep faith with you. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  17. You're ready to take the vow? – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  18. " I want to know, if you will tell me," Montanelli went on; " whether you have bound yourself by a vow, or- in any way." – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  19. I prayed to the Lord for strength to keep my vow, and resolved never to go near the inn again; but the next Saturday evening the temptation was sure to be too strong for me. – Quicksands by Adolph Streckfuss
  20. She likes the rule, but not the vow. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
X