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a·vow

avow

 
 
pronunciation:
vaU
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Grammatical Patterns
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: avows, avowing, avowed
definition 1: to assert or affirm.
The senator has avowed yet again his commitment to tax reform.At the press conference, she avowed that the proposal will have all her support.[verb + (that) + clause ] He avowed that there was no better surgical team than this in the whole world.[verb + (that) + clause ]
synonyms:
assert, avouch, declare, predicate, profess
antonyms:
disavow
similar words:
acknowledge, admit, affirm, allege, aver, concede, contend, maintain, own, pledge, proclaim, say, swear
definition 2: to state openly; admit; confess.
The police detective avowed that his fondness for the suspect affected his judgment in handling the case.[verb + (that) + clause ] While they avowed that what they had done was wrong according to the law, they still felt morally justified in having done it.[verb + (that) + clause ]
synonyms:
acknowledge, admit, confess
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derivation: avower (n.)