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Vow (verb active)

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To Vow. v.a. [vouer, Fr. voveo, Lat.] To consecrate by a solemn dedication; to give to a divine power.

David often voweth unto God the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in the congregation. Hooker.

To Master Harvey, upon some special consideration, I have vowed this my labour. Spenser.

Vow and pay unto the Lord. Ps. lxxvi.

When we have not only vowed, but delivered them over into the possession of Almighty God, for the maintenance of his publick worship, and the ministers thereof, they are not now arbitrable, nor to be revoked. Spelman.

Whoever sees these irreligious men,
With burden of a sickness, weak and faint,
But hears them talking of religion then,
And vowing of their soul to ev'ry saint.
Davies

This plant Latinus, when his town he wall'd,
Then found, and from the tree Laurentum call'd:
And last, in honour of his new abode,
He vow'd the laurel to the laurel's god.
Dryden.

Sources: Davies, John (45) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Spelman, Henry (4) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vow (verb active)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 15, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19856.


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