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7 definitions found
 for Avow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avow \A*vow"\, n. [Cf. F. aveu.]
     Avowal. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avow \A*vow"\, n.
     A vow or determination. [Archaic]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 declare openly, as something believed to be right; to
        own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles
        or his crimes.
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              Which I to be the of Israel's God
              Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test. --Milton.
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     2. (Law) To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See
        Avowry. --Blackstone.
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     Syn: To acknowledge; own; confess. See Confess.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  avow
      v 1: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before
           God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify,
           assert, avow, aver, swan, swear]
      2: admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about [syn: avow,
         avouch] [ant: disavow]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "avow":
     accept, acknowledge, admit, admit everything, affirm,
     agree provisionally, allege, allow, announce, annunciate, argue,
     assent grudgingly, assert, assever, asseverate, attest, aver,
     avouch, bear witness, certify, claim, come clean, concede, confess,
     contend, cop a plea, declare, defend, depone, depose, disclose,
     enunciate, express, express general agreement, express the belief,
     give evidence, go along with, grant, have, hold, insist,
     issue a manifesto, lay down, let on, maintain, manifesto,
     not oppose, open up, out with it, own, own up, plead guilty,
     predicate, pretend, pretext, proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest,
     protest too much, purport, put, put it, recognize, say, set down,
     speak, speak out, speak up, spill, spill it, spit it out,
     stand for, stand on, state, submit, swear, tell all,
     tell the truth, testify, vindicate, vouch, vow, warrant, witness,
     yield
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  AVOW or ADVOW, practice. Signifies to justify or maintain an act formerly
  done. For example, when replevin is brought for a thing distrained, and the
  distrainer justifies the taking, he is said to avow. Termes de la Ley. This
  word also signifies to bring forth anything. Formerly when a stolen thing
  was found in the possession of any one" he was bound advocare, i. e. to
  produce the seller from whom he alleged he had bought it, to justify the
  sale, and so on till they found the thief. Afterwards the word was taken to
  mean anything which a man admitted to be his own or done by him, and in this
  sense it is mentioned in Fleta, lib. 1, c. 5, par 4. Cunn., Dict. h.t.
  
  

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