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Vow, vb. 1) to promise in a solemn manner; absol.: “till now did ne'er invite, nor never v.” Compl. 182 (M. Edd. woo, for the sake of the rhyme). “when you have --ed, you must not speak with men,” Meas. I, 4, 10 (i. e. when you have made your profession). “when I v., I weep,” Mids. III, 2, 124. Mids. III, 2, 124 With an accus. denoting the thing promised: “now he --s a league, and now invasion,” Lucr. 287. “that he may v. revenge on him,” Lucr. 287 Sonn. 89, 13. 123, 13. 152, 4. Gent. IV, 3, 21. All's III, 6, 87. John II, 237. R2 I, 3, 49. H6A III, 1, 167. H6B IV, 2, 70. H6C I, 1, 55. II, 1, 30. Troil. III, 2, 93. V, 5, 31. Cor. IV, 6, 67. Oth. III, 3, 21. Per. II, 5, 11. With to before the person to whom something is promised: “never faith could hold, if not to beauty --ed,” Pilgr. 58 and LLL IV, 2, 110. “I have --ed to Jaquenetta to hold the plough,” V, 2, 892. All's IV, 3, 260. H6C II, 3, 29. Followed by an infinitive: Ven. Ded. H6C II, 3, 29 Lucr. Arg. H6C II, 3, 29 Sonn. 154, 3. Err. V, 182. LLL IV, 3, 296. V, 2, 892. Shr. IV, 2, 28. Wint. III, 2, 243. H6A III, 2, 77. IV, 1, 14. V, 5, 31. H6B IV, 4, 31. H6C I, 1, 160. Troil. III, 2, 84. Tit. V, 1, 81. Rom. III, 3, 129. By a clause: Merch. IV, 1, 442. Shr. IV, 5, 15. H6B I, 3, 203. H6C I, 1, 24. II, 3, 29. Tit. II, 3, 296.
2) to asseverate, to protest solemnly: “or else, by Jove I v., I should have scratched out your eyes,” Gent. IV, 4, 208. “when thou unurged wouldst v. that never words were music to thine ear,” Err. II, 2, 115. “she thought, I dare v. for her, they touched not any stranger sense,” All's I, 3, 113. “he heard him swear and v. to God he came but to be duke of Lancaster,” H4A IV, 3, 60. “we v. to heaven and to his highness that what we did was mildly as we might,” Tit. I, 474.
3) Partic. --ed == a) confirmed by oath, sworn to: “with a --ed contract,” Meas. V, 209. “heavenly oaths, --ed with integrity,” LLL V, 2, 356. “the plain single vow that is --ed true,” All's IV, 2, 22.
b) sworn, constant, inveterate: “so mighty are his --ed enemies,” H6B III, 1, 220. “you were --ed Duke Humphrey's foes,” III, 2, 182. “thy --ed friend,” H6C III, 3, 50.
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