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reavow


verb (used with object)

  1. to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

verb (tr)

  1. to state or affirm
  2. to admit openly
  3. law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
v.

early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer “acknowledge, accept, recognize,” especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.

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