AskDefine | Define avow

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1 to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify, assert, aver, swan, swear]
2 admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about [syn: avouch] [ant: disavow]

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  1. To declare openly and boldly, as something believed to be right; to own, acknowledge or confess frankly.
  2. To state in a positive manner.


  • Chinese: 公开说 (gōngkāi shuō)
  • Japanese: 公言する (こうげんする, kōgen suru)
  • Romanian: mărturisi
  • Spanish: confesar, admitir
  • Turkish: itiraf etmek, açıkça söylemek

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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