Adjective "vowing" definition and examples

(Vowing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/vaʊ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A solemn promise.
  1. 'It is one thing for adults to take vows and fulfil them, and quite another when a vow is taken in the name of a child.'
  2. 'After marrying his wife Marianna in 1996, he made a second vow - that he would execute the first promise if anything ever happened to her.'
  3. 'The man is single-minded, stubborn even, and it seems odd that after repeatedly resisting the heartfelt pleas of his countrymen, Larsson might renege on his solemn vow.'
  4. 'Yet she had kept a sacred vow she had made to me many years earlier.'
  5. 'Kirkstall was founded as a result of a solemn vow made by Henry de Lacy of Pontefract Castle.'
  6. 'Who would have guessed someone so young could make such a solemn vow and keep it for over fifty years.'
  7. 'So it's a new year and, just like last year and the year before, you've taken a solemn vow to lose weight and get fit.'
  8. 'When sober again he takes a solemn vow not to touch alcohol for 20 years.'
  9. 'We must understand that salvation is much more than just repeating the words of a vow, however sincere those words may be.'
  10. 'Taking a deep breath, Ace decided to make a vow, a vow to protect Ari even if it meant losing his own life.'
  11. 'They will renew their wedding vows in front of family and friends on Saturday.'
  12. 'All members were to take the three traditional monastic vows.'
  13. 'More importantly, I trusted him absolutely, assuming that we were both serious about our faith and our marriage vows.'
  14. 'Nuns celebrated their solemn vows with a marriage ceremony and a ring signifying their wedding to Christ.'
  15. 'One clue may be found in some of the book's chapter headings, which repeat the marriage vows from the Book of Common Prayer.'
  16. 'Even in countries where women can take monastic vows, nunneries tend to be poorer and nuns hold lower status than monks.'
  17. 'The bill would not force clergy opposed to same-sex marriage to solemnize the vows.'
  18. 'The two exchanged vows in front of a justice of the peace at New York City Hall today.'
  19. 'Baptismal vows were renewed as they were, once again, next morning, Easter Sunday.'
  20. 'Herbert calls for all Christians to remember often their baptisms and baptismal vows.'

verb

Solemnly promise to do a specified thing.
  1. with clause 'I vowed that my family would never go hungry'
  2. 'Club bosses have vowed to work with police to keep the gun culture out of south Essex.'
  3. 'Parents and governors have vowed to fight plans to shut a school for children with severe disabilities.'
  4. 'I leave the shop vowing never to return and head for the heartless world outside.'
  5. 'Henry is convinced, and storms out vowing vengeance on the "giant traitor" Buckingham.'
  6. 'Councillors have vowed to continue to reduce the number of homeless families in Southend.'
  7. 'Despite the crackdown, some students are vowing to continue their protests until the 9th of July.'
  8. 'Furious families today vowed to fight developers for the fourth time to save their last piece of open space.'
  9. 'After years vowing that I'd never play golf, I finally succumbed to it.'
  10. 'He vowed to continue his appeal against an earlier decision against him.'
  11. 'Medley swimmer Dean Kent is vowing to continue competitive swimming.'
Dedicate to someone or something, especially a deity.

    More definitions

    1. a solemn promise, pledge, or personal commitment: marriage vows; a vow of secrecy.

    2. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint committing oneself to an act, service, or condition.

    3. a solemn or earnest declaration. verb (used with object)

    4. to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to God or a saint: to vow a crusade or a pilgrimage.

    5. to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, observe, etc.: They vowed revenge.

    6. to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphat

    More examples(as adjective)

    "policies can be vowing."

    "punishments can be vowing."

    "promises can be vowing."

    "freedoms can be vowing."

    "disobediences can be vowing."

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    Origin

    (vow)Middle English: from Old French vou, from Latin votum (see vote); the verb is from Old French vouer.