What is vow?

  • (noun): A solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner.
    Example: "They took vows of poverty"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A vow (Lat. votum, vow, promise; see vote) is a promise or oath.

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Divine Vows
... Within the world of monks and nuns, a vow is sometimes a transaction between a person and a deity, where the former promises to render some service or gift, or devotes something valuable to the deity's use ... The vow is a kind of oath, with the deity being both the witness and recipient of the promise ... For example, see the Book of Judges or the Bodhisattva vows ...
Simple Vow
... In Roman Catholic canon law, a simple vow is any vow, public or private, individual or collective, concerned with an action or with abstaining from an action, if that vow has not ... Even a vow accepted by a legitimate superior in the name of the Church (the definition of a "public vow") is a simple vow if the Church has not granted it recognition as a solemn vow ... For information on the distinction between solemn and simple vows and on its former juridical effects, see the article solemn vow ...
Liberate The South - Lyrics - English Lyrics
... South Arise! Charge through storms We vow to save the homeland, we vow to give our lives With swords and guns in hand, charge! The nation's destiny has come, the morning sun ...
Cruciatus - U - (Unbreakable Vow)
... Description Causes a vow taken by a witch or wizard to be inviolable if he or she should break it, the consequence is death ... binding the clasped hands of the people taking the Vow the fire shoots out as a tongue of flame from the wand of the Binder (a witness to the Vow) every ... According to Ron Weasely, the spell causes death to anyone who breaks the vow ...
Battles Of La Naval De Manila - Aftermath
... returned once again to Manila to fulfill their vow of walking barefooted to the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Santo Domingo church in Intramuros ... of the Spanish squadron with other demonstrations in fulfillment of the vow made to the Virgin of the Rosary ... Manila, after convening a council, made a new vow to celebrate the solemnity of the naval victories every year ...

More definitions of "vow":

  • (verb): Make a vow; promise.
    Example: "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
  • (verb): Dedicate to a deity by a vow.
    Synonyms: consecrate

Famous quotes containing the word vow:

    If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it
    To the last article.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    There is but one love of Jesus, as there is but one person in the poor—Jesus. We take vows of chastity to love Christ with undivided love; to be able to love him with undivided love we take a vow of poverty which frees us from all material possessions, and with that freedom we can love him with undivided love, and from this vow of undivided love we surrender ourselves totally to him in the person who takes his place.
    Mother Teresa (b. 1910)

    If you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not postpone fulfilling it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and you would incur guilt.
    Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 23:21.