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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vow /ˈvaʊ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vow n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]