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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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But after a scene in which one person was in earnest and the other a perfect performer--after the tenderest caresses, the most pathetic tears, the smelling-bottle, and some of the very best feelings of the heart, had been called into requisition--Rebecca and Amelia parted, the former vowing to love her friend for ever and ever and ever.
While the Israelite community accepted the vowing of vows, as did other peoples of their time and place (Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites), (3) no law required a person or group in distress to vow a vow.
In the second, the Baron's daughter, Amelia, rejects her falsely vowing suitor, Count Cassel, to accept betrothal to the truly vowing Anhalt.
Our huge illegal-immigration problem is the result of years of granting amnesty, vowing to crack down on illegal immigration and then failing to do so, granting more amnesties, vowing to crack down again and turning our backs again.
Earlier this year, the IRS announced its renewed commitment to the office, vowing to quadruple the staff to 32.
According to Cartledge, the vow of Jacob puts the deity under obligation, an aspect of vowing which is missing from the general observations contained in his first chapter.
Bush opened a whistle-stop tour of California on Wednesday, vowing to aggressively pursue votes in the state and vowing to beef up the military and cut taxes.
Vowing zero-tolerance for crimes based on race, gender or sexual orientation, the Police Commission approved measures Tuesday to improve identification, investigation, prosecution and tracking of hate crimes in Los Angeles.