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Definition of avow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

avow

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they avow
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊ//
 
he / she / it avows
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊz//
 
past simple avowed
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊd//
 
past participle avowed
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊd//
 
-ing form avowing
BrE BrE//əˈvaʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvaʊɪŋ//
 
 
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avow that… | avow something | + speech (formal) to say firmly and often publicly what your opinion is, what you think is true, etc. An aide avowed that the President had known nothing of the deals. Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘acknowledge, approve’ and ‘vouch for’): from Old French avouer ‘acknowledge’, from Latin advocare ‘summon in defence’, from ad- ‘to’ + vocare ‘to call’.
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