avow

When you avow something, you say it openly for the whole world to hear. If you're a witness in a trial, you'll be asked to take an oath in which you'll avow that you'll tell the truth.

A simple way to remember the meaning of avow is that it sounds and looks a whole lot like "a vow," to which it's closely related. At the end of almost every wedding, the couple takes their vows, in which they avow their commitment to each other. To take a vow is to avow the things that you say in that vow. Be sure that you mean what you say when you avow something, because people will hold you to it. And don't mutter or mumble. That's no way to avow something.

Primary Meanings of avow

1.
v
declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
2.
v
admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
Full Definitions of avow
1

v declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

Synonyms:
affirm, assert, aver, swan, swear, verify
Types:
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hold
assert or affirm
claim, take
lay claim to; as of an idea
attest
authenticate, affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
declare
state firmly
protest
affirm or avow formally or solemnly
assure, tell
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
2

v admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about

Synonyms:
avouch
Antonyms:
disavow
refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with
Type of:
acknowledge, admit
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

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