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VOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vow mean? 

VOW (noun)
  The noun VOW has 1 sense:

1. a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner

  Familiarity information: VOW used as a noun is very rare.


VOW (verb)
  The verb VOW has 2 senses:

1. make a vow; promise
2. dedicate to a deity by a vow

  Familiarity information: VOW used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VOW (noun)


Sense 1vow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

they took vows of poverty

Hypernyms ("vow" is a kind of...):

assurance; pledge (a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something)


VOW (verb)


Sense 1vow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a vow; promise

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

He vowed never to drink alcohol again

Hypernyms (to "vow" is one way to...):

pledge; plight (promise solemnly and formally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vow"):

affiance; betroth; engage; plight (give to in marriage)

profess (take vows, as in religious order)

swear (promise solemnly; take an oath)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They vow to move


Sense 2vow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dedicate to a deity by a vow

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

vow; consecrate

Hypernyms (to "vow" is one way to...):

commit; consecrate; dedicate; devote; give (give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


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