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avow

[uh-vou] /əˈvaʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit:
He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English avowen < Old French avoue(r) < Latin advocāre. See advocate
Related forms
avowable, adjective
avower, noun
reavow, verb (used with object)
unavowable, adjective
unavowableness, noun
unavowably, adverb
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  • He says, our behaviour ought to agree with our words, and avow our belief that our departed friends are in a state of bliss.
  • Both countries publicly avow that they do not want the bad feelings to spiral out of control.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for avow

avow

/əˈvaʊ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to state or affirm
2.
to admit openly
3.
(law, rare) to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Derived Forms
avowable, adjective
avowal, noun
avowed (əˈvaʊd) adjective
avowedly (əˈvaʊɪdlɪ) adverb
avower, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate
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Word Origin and History for avow
v.

early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.

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