Vow v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vowed p. pr. & vb. n. Vowing.]
1. 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. --Shak.
2. To assert solemnly; to asseverate.
1. 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. --2 Sam. xv. 7.
I am combined by a sacred vow. --Shak.
2. 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. --Dryden.
Vow, v. i. To make a vow, or solemn promise.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. --Eccl. v. 5.
n : 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"
v 1: make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
2: dedicate to a deity by a vow [syn: consecrate]