vot-; vov-; vow

(Latin: affirm, wish, commit; to promise solemnly, to pledge, to give earnestly)

avow (verb), avows; avowed; avowing
1. To admit openly and bluntly: Shirley avowed that she was innocent of the accusations made by her coworker.
2. To declare or to affirm solemnly and formally as true: At the end of most wedding ceremonies, the couples make their promises, in which they avow their commitment to each other.
3. To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly.
4. Etymology: from Latin, vocare, "to call". From Old French avouer, "acknowledge, accept"; especially, as a protector, from Latin advocare.
avowable (adjective), more avowable, most avowable
Relating to something that is openly acknowledged, with confidence: Mark's avowable statements clarified his political position at the conference.
avowableness (s) (noun), (no plural)
The situation or quality of being openly acknowledged with confidence: The avowableness of Lenora's statements were considered to be valid and acceptable by her supervisor.
avowal (s) (noun), avowals (pl)
1. A statement asserting the existence or the truth of something: The couple exchanged avowals of their love for each other.
2. A frank admission or statement that something actually did or did not happen: Jake's avowal that he didn't do anything wrong was proven to be untrue.
avowedly (adverb), more avowedly, most avowedly
An open declaration or acknowledgment: The candidate for office is avowedly conservative in her political beliefs.

Carl admitted that he has an avowedly simple life style.

avowedness (s) (noun) (no plural)
The state, or fact, of being positively stated: Jeffrey's avowedness was supported up by his behavior and other actions.
avower (s) (noun), avowers (pl)
1. Someone who admits, or acknowledges, openly and boldly.
2. A person who claims to speak the truth.
avowry (s) (noun), avowries (pl)
The acknowledgment and justification of taking things by a defendant in an action or a legal act, or writ, to recover goods by someone who claims to own them and who promises to have the claim tested later in court.
devotee (s) (noun), devotees (pl)
Someone who is zealously interested in something special; an enthusiast: "Mark and Maggie were devotees of hiking."