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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vow  \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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vow  \Vow\,  n.  [OE.  vou,  OF  vou,  veu,  vo  vu  F.  v?u,  from  L. 
  votum,  from  vovere  to  vow.  Cf  {Avow},  {Devout},  {Vote}.] 
  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 
  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)  [web1913]: 
  Vow  \Vow\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Vowed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Vowing}.]  [OE.  vouen  OF  vouer,  voer,  F.  vouer,  LL  votare 
  See  {Vow},  n.] 
  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.'' 
  --Eccl.  v.  4. 
  [Men]  that  vow  a  long  and  weary  pilgrimage.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  assert  solemnly;  to  asseverate. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  swearing  to  the  truth  of  a  statement;  to  lie  under  oath  is 
  to  become  subject  to  prosecution  for  perjury  [syn:  {oath}, 
  v  1:  make  a  vow;  promise;  "He  vowed  never  to  drink  alcohol  again" 
  2:  dedicate  to  a  deity  by  a  vow  [syn:  {consecrate}] 

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