vow

Definitions

  • The Herdsman's Vows
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vow make a vow; promise "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
    • v vow dedicate to a deity by a vow
    • n vow a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner "they took vows of poverty"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Jack Vowing Jack Vowing

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vow A solemn promise made to God, or to some deity; an act by which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or conditionally, wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter time, to some act, service, or condition; a devotion of one's possessions; as, a baptismal vow; a vow of poverty. "Nothing . . . that may . . . stain my vow of Nazarite.""I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow .""I am combined by a sacred vow ."
    • Vow Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection; as, the marriage vow . "Knights of love, who never broke their vow ;
      Firm to their plighted faith."
    • Vow To assert solemnly; to asseverate.
    • Vow To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise solemnly. "When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it.""Men] that vow a long and weary pilgrimage."
    • v. i Vow To make a vow, or solemn promise. "Better is it that thou shouldest not vow , than that thou shouldest vow and not pay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vow A solemn promise; an engagement solemnly entered into. Specifically— A kind of promissory oath made to God, or to some deity, to perform some act or dedicate to the deity something of value, often in the event of receiving something specially desired, such as success in an enterprise, deliverance from danger, or recovery from sickness: as, a vow to build an altar.
    • n vow A promise to follow out some line of conduct, or to consecrate or devote one's self wholly or in part for a longer or shorter time to some act or service; a pledge of fidelity or constancy: as, a marriage vow.
    • n vow A solemn asseveration or declaration; a positive assertion.
    • n vow A votive offering; an ex-voto.
    • vow To promise solemnly; undertake, by a solemn promise, as to God or a deity, to do, perform, or give; devote.
    • vow To threaten solemnly or upon oath.
    • vow To assert or maintain solemnly; asseverate; swear.
    • vow To make vows or solemn promises; protest solemnly; asseverate; declare emphatically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vow vow a voluntary promise made to God, and, as such, carrying with it the most stringent obligation to its fulfilment: a solemn or formal promise of fidelity or affection:
    • v.t Vow to give by solemn promise: to devote: to threaten, to maintain solemnly
    • v.i Vow to make vows
    • n Vow vow (Shak.) a positive assertion
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Quotations

  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.”
  • Walter Brower
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    “The wolf was sick, he vowed a monk to be: But when he got well, a wolf once more was he.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “Those that vow the most are the least sincere.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “Vows are made in storms and forgotten in calm weather.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
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    “Your capacity to keep your vow will depend on the purity of your life.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “A vow is a snare for sin.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vou, OF. vou, veu, vo, vu, F. vu, from L. votum, from vovere, to vow. Cf. Avow Devout Vote
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. vou (Fr. vœu)—L. votumvovēre, to vow.

Usage

In literature:

Secretly we vowed that when we were twenty-one we would leave the farm, never to return to it.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
I vow, Charlotte, we are quite poetical.
"The Contrast" by Royall Tyler
There is a bond amongst sportsmen which is stronger than all the vows made at any altar.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
John would have me go, for he vowed he would not drive her, because she had such thick ankles.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
He saw only red, and he vowed vengeance.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Now, he vowed that if any harm befell Dallas and Marylyn, he had only himself to blame.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
By a vow my mother made in her sickness my youth and my life are bound for ever.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
There will be neither broken vows nor a broken ring for us, Leone, no matter what the water sings or says.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
Art thou at peace within, or does thy youth Regret its vow, and yield to vain repinings?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
In others, no irrevocable vows were made, and if desire or necessity arose, the student inmate was free to return to the world.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
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In poetry:

Love, beauty, youth, — all gone!
The high, heroic vow,
The buoyant hope, the fond desire,—
All ashes now!
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Behold, I break my lyre, and since
I am the man for thee,
Hear, Chloe, now, my only vow:
Thou art the maid for me.
"Strephon's Song" by Ethel Clifford
He watched her go her quiet ways,
And vowed, whatever might betide,
If his best love could win her heart
And hand, then she should be his bride.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
How she would gaze and sweetly smile !
And fondly vow to leave me never !
flow she would spread each cunning wile
To make my heart her own for ever !
"The Forsaken Husband" by Laura Sophia Temple
We know we are right, and know they are wrong.
So to God above and within—
We make our vow and we sing our song
They shall not win, they shall not win.
"They Shall Not Win" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But stay!—­his mother’s haughty brow,—­
The pride of ancient race,—­
Will plighted faith, and holy vow,
Win back her fond embrace?
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

White House vows veto over health fund depletion .
Sarah Janelle Ulrich and Jason Ryan Dibble exchanged wedding vows on Sept 25, 2010, in the Busti Victorian Hall.
Italy's Berlusconi vows to take on judiciary ' dictatorship '.
Deficit diggers now vow to fill hole.
Dold vows to fight for quality public education.
Doty -Hicks vows are exchanged.
Wedding vows were exchanged in a private ceremony in Lexington.
Family in ' double eagle ' coin fight vows appeal.
Mr Bush toured the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast on Friday and vowed the government will restore order in lawless New Orleans.
A Republican assemblyman claims the president failed to deliver on his vow that the stimulus plan would drive down the nation's jobless rate.
When we think of running off to exchange vows, Las Vegas is the first place that comes to mind.
That has democrats vowing to work even harder.
Olympus Vows To Go After Erring Executives.
Other anti- impeachment Republicans vowed to fight the impeachment article when it comes to the House floor.
Senate leaders vow author will be held accountable.
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In science:

We vowed to reexamine this issue in the Magellanic Clouds, where the extinction is generally low, and uniform (Massey et al. 1995, van den Bergh 2000).
The Effective Temperatures and Physical Properties of Magellanic Cloud Red Supergiants: The Effects of Metallicity
I have tested rFerns on 7 classification problems from the R’s mlbench package, namely DNA (dna), Ionosphere (ion), Pima Indian Diabetes (pim), Satellite (sat), Sonar (son), Vehicle (veh) and Vowel (vow).
Random ferns method implementation for the general-purpose machine learning
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