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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·vow v. t. [imp. & p. p. Avowed (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Avowing.]
 1. To declare openly, as something believed to be right; to own or acknowledge frankly; as, a man avows his principles or his crimes.
 Which I to be the of Israel's God
 Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test.   --Milton.
 2. Law To acknowledge and justify, as an act done. See Avowry.
 Syn: -- To acknowledge; own; confess. See Confess.