Definition of avow in English:


See synonyms for avow

Translate avow into Spanish


reporting verb
  • Assert or confess openly.

    with clause ‘he avowed that he was no longer in perfect health’
    • ‘he avowed his change of faith’
    • ‘I don't think it's impermissible for the judge to openly avow that that Constitution is morally praiseworthy, that the United States is morally praiseworthy.’
    • ‘It is best explicable as an index of old-fashioned attitudes and its correlation with racism simply shows that it is now old-fashioned to avow openly racist attitudes.’
    • ‘After openly avowing that his soul was bound with hers, William could not but be impatient with Elizabeth for refusing to make up her mind.’
    • ‘It may be that mother was growing more unhappy but I do not believe that she avowed her unhappiness and asserted a trial separation when coming to England.’
    • ‘The Fascist Party openly avowed its aversion to democracy and the liberal state.’
    • ‘Are men now prepared openly to avow their bisexuality?’
    • ‘The former cannot openly avow its goals and is a strategy well suited to subjects who have no political rights.’
    • ‘He again avows his special love of democracy: ‘I have been democratically elected to public office.’’
    • ‘But as she avows to an enemy soldier, it would be a ‘mistake thinking I need [the League] to protect me.’’
    • ‘‘There is no favouritism in selection at any level,’ he avows.’
    • ‘The open letter signed yesterday by both men avows that all the tests ‘could and can’ (but not will) be met.’
    • ‘His own dignity, he avows, resides in killing others: only then is he a man.’
    • ‘‘But please do not look for any logic in the movie because you will find none’, he avows.’
    • ‘Though avowing loyalty to Turkey's secular constitution, it nevertheless represents a fundamentalist form of Islam.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Baby Brother avowed that such a request was unfair, since the error was innocent and inconsequential.’
    • ‘For many avowed foodies and shopaholics, a trip to the FoodWorld is almost a weekly ritual that they thoroughly enjoy.’
    • ‘It is a great tragedy that such research bodies in social sciences be controlled by those who are avowed opponents of secularism.’
    • ‘There are a lot of regular guests who turn up just to tuck into salads, including many who are avowed weight-watchers.’
    • ‘They can also see that the candidates have avowed not to disturb the corporate status quo.’
    • ‘At no other period in the history of man have the environment and development been viewed as such avowed enemies.’
    assert, declare, state, maintain, aver, attest, swear, vow, insist
    declared, sworn, self-confessed, confessed, self-proclaimed, acknowledged, admitted, open, overt
    View synonyms



/əˈvou/ /əˈvaʊ/


Middle English (in the senses ‘acknowledge, approve’ and ‘vouch for’): from Old French avouer ‘acknowledge’, from Latin advocare ‘summon in defense’ (see avouch).