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vow

1. a solemn promise made to a deity or saint, by which the promiser pledges himself to some future act, course of action, or way of life
2. take vows to enter a religious order and commit oneself to its rule of life by the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which may be taken for a limited period as simple vows or as a perpetual and still more solemn commitment as solemn vows
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Another characteristic in common is that each vower promises to give something to the Lord based on the conditions established, and the gifts to the Lord constitute the fulfillment of the vows.
The common characteristics described above set some broad guidelines while leaving the vower enough leeway for self-expression within the biblical tradition of vowing.
Clearly, each vower is unique, and every vow comes from a unique interaction of a vower and his or her circumstances.