A vow or dedication
- To bind or even devote by a vow
- To declare honestly as something believed to be right to possess or acknowledge honestly as a guy avows his axioms or his crimes
- admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
- to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
- To declare honestly, as some thing believed to be right; to own or acknowledge honestly; as, a person avows his principles or their crimes.
- To recognize and justify, as an act done. See Avowry.
- To bind, or to dedicate, by a vow.
- A vow or dedication.
In pleading. To acknowledge and justify an act done. To make an avowry. Like, when replevin Is brought for something distrained, and the party taking claims that he had the right to make the distress, he could be said to avow. Newell Mill Co. v. Muxlow, 115 N. Y. 170, 21 N. E 1048.
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, know," particularly as a protector (contemporary French avouer), from Latin advocare (see recommend). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which will support the even more technical, appropriate aspect of the word. Associated: Avowed; avowing.
(v. t.) To declare honestly, as some thing believed to be correct; to own or acknowledge honestly; since, a person avows his maxims or their crimes.
- (n.) Avowal.
- (n.) To bind, or even devote, by a vow.
- (letter.) A vow or dedication.
From the real or fancied rapprochements between Cartesianism and Jansenism, it became for a while impolitic, if not dangerous, to avow too loudly a preference for Cartesian theories.