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Definition of "avow" []

  • To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess: avow guilt. See Synonyms at acknowledge. (verb-transitive)
  • To state positively. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "avow" in a sentence
  • "To punish men for beliefs they dare to avow is to risk punishing the sincere and to allow hypocrites to go unpunished."
  • "Yet she could not bring herself to avow it openly, either at or after the luncheon."
  • "In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow:"