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vow in Christianity topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishvowvow1 /vaʊ/ ●○○ noun [countable]  1 RRCa serious promiseoath Jim made a vow that he would find his wife’s killer.2 a religious promise that you will do something for God, the church etc a monk who had taken a vow of poverty3 vowsCOLLOCATIONSverbsmake a vowI made a vow never to go near the place again.take a vow (=make a vow at a formal ceremony)Priests have to take a vow of obedience to the Catholic Church.keep a vow (=do as you promised)She kept her vow not to tell anyone about their affair.break a vow (=fail to do as you promised)She accused him of breaking his marriage vows.exchange vows (=make promises to each other as part of a wedding ceremony)They wanted to exchange vows before their family and friends.renew your vows (=have a second wedding ceremony to repeat your promises)Fifty couples celebrated their golden weddings and renewed their vows at a cathedral service in Chicago.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + vowa solemn vow (=a very serious vow, which you must keep)He made a solemn vow that he would do everything he could to help her.marriage/wedding vowsShe wrote her own marriage vows.a holy/sacred vowWhen we get married in church we are making sacred vows.phrasesa vow of silence/poverty/celibacy etcPeople close to him have finally broken their vow of silence.be bound by a vow (=to have promised seriously to do something)She told him she was bound by a vow not to tell any other person.
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vowShe told him that she was bound by a vow not to tell any human being.The novitiate over, they are permitted to make their first vows.The exchanging of tokens was, like the exchanging of vows, not to be undertaken lightly.His marriage to this parish was inviolable in its own sacred vows.What's more, I had memories from many other lifetimes of taking vows of poverty.Dole was clearly trying to avoid the trap in which former President Bush found himself after violating the tax vow.This vow the Cid Campeador made.After being released from his wedding vows, John joined the Friars Minor.