vow

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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