|1.||a solemn or earnest pledge or promise binding the person making it to perform a specified act or behave in a certain way|
|2.||a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life|
|3.||take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows|
|4.||(tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to pledge, promise, or undertake solemnly: he vowed that he would continue; he vowed to return|
|5.||(tr) to dedicate or consecrate to God, a deity, or a saint|
|6.||(tr; usually takes a clause as object) to assert or swear emphatically|
|7.||archaic (intr) to declare solemnly|
|[C13: from Old French vou, from Latin vōtum a solemn promise, from vovēre to vow]|
sacred voluntary promise to dedicate oneself or members of one's family or community to a special obligation that goes beyond usual social or religious requirements.
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