V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to state openly and without shame or hesitation; 2. to affirm strongly and formally as true

Synonyms: admit, declare, assert, confess, avouch, profess, attest, affirm

Antonyms: deny

Tips: Avow comes from the Latin word advocare, "to call upon," the same word which gives us advocate, which in the verb form means "to support and endorse." Avow should be used more to state an open declaration; if you are using avow instead of attest, it should be used to preface an open declaration (that for what you are attesting): "I avow that he is innocent and was with me last night." "I avow that I am guilty of the crime." Avow tends to be used to state guilt or to acknowledge something bad. This is the best word to use in such a situtation, rather than the words attest, affirm, or assert. For a further analys of these words, see attest.

Usage Examples:

The accused man plans to avow his innocence before the court. (attest, declare)

They publicly avow their support for a number of causes. (profess, admit)

You can't avow to doing the crime just to protect your friend. (confess, profess)

I avow that I will stand by you and support you no matter what the consequences. (declare, assert)

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