covenant

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
  1. noun
    (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return
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    type of:
    agreement, understanding
    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises
  2. noun
    a signed written agreement between two or more parties (nations) to perform some action
    synonyms: compact, concordat
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    examples:
    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
  3. verb
    enter into a covenant
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    types:
    confirm
    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
  4. verb
    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”
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    types:
    commune, communicate
    receive Communion, in the Catholic church
    communicate
    administer Communion; in church
    type of:
    pledge, plight
    promise solemnly and formally
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