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Verb: avow  u'vaw
  1. To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    "Before God I avow I am innocent";
    - affirm, verify, assert, aver, swan, swear
     
  2. Admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
    - avouch

Derived forms: avowed, avowing, avows

Type of: acknowledge, admit, declare, pronounce

Antonym: disavow