avow

[uh-vou]
verb (used with object)
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English avowen < Old French avoue(r) < Latin advocāre. See advocate

avowable, adjective
avower, noun
reavow, verb (used with object)
unavowable, adjective
unavowableness, noun
unavowably, adverb
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avow (əˈvaʊ)
 
vb
1.  to state or affirm
2.  to admit openly
3.  rare law to justify or maintain (some action taken)
 
[C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate]
 
a'vowable
 
adj
 
a'vowal
 
n
 
avowed
 
adj
 
avowedly
 
adv
 
a'vower
 
n

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avow
early 13c., from O.Fr. avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector, from L. advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowal.
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Example sentences
He says, our behaviour ought to agree with our words, and avow our belief that our departed friends are in a state of bliss.
Or maybe it is real, as those who claim to have seen it avow.
They are shaken to their senses in time, and avow to await their turn for adult responsibilities.
Unbelievers had to be exceptionally courageous to avow their infidelity.
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