A covenant is an agreement between two people, or companies, or even countries. It is formal, solemn, sometimes even sacred.

There are some places where you'll hear covenant get used. It's a little old fashioned and formal, but marriage is often referred to as a covenant. The most famous covenant appears in The Bible — God tells a shepherd named Abraham to follow God's instructions in exchange for making Abraham's descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.

Definitions of covenant

n (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return

Type of:
agreement, understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

n a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action

compact, concordat
Lateran Treaty
the agreement signed in the Lateran Palace in 1929 by Italy and the Holy See which recognized the Vatican City as a sovereign and independent papal state
Type of:
written agreement
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

v enter into a covenant

administer the rite of confirmation to
bar mitzvah
confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith
bat mitzvah
confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
Type of:
pledge, plight
promise solemnly and formally

v enter into a covenant or formal agreement

“They covenanted with Judas for 30 pieces of silver”
“The nations covenanted to fight terrorism around the world”
commune, communicate
receive Communion, in the Catholic church
administer Communion; in church
Type of:
pledge, plight
promise solemnly and formally

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