Pronunciation: (vou),[key] —n. 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.
4. take vows, to enter a religious order or house.
—v.t. 1. to make a vow of; promise by a vow, as to God or a saint: to vow a crusade or a pilgrimage. 2. to pledge or resolve solemnly to do, make, give, observe, etc.: They vowed revenge. 3. to declare solemnly or earnestly; assert emphatically (often fol. by a clause as object): She vowed that she would take the matter to court. 4. to dedicate or devote by a vow: to vow oneself to the service of God.
—v.i. 1. to make a vow.
2. to make a solemn or earnest declaration.