Definition of covenant in English:

covenant

noun

  • 1An agreement.

    ‘there was a covenant between them that her name was never to be mentioned’
    • ‘Already some states of America - Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana - have started a covenant marriage program.’
    • ‘When building finally did resume, the covenants were loosened considerably to generate a quick infusion of cash.’
    • ‘I believe in the various covenants and conventions that the Government has entered into.’
    • ‘But the fact that he is abusing the marriage covenant does not mean the marriage covenant does not exist.’
    • ‘And it's doubtful that decisions to ratify international covenants on the subject involve much public consideration either.’
    • ‘Private forces and community covenants were also used to meet the challenges of brigands.’
    • ‘The treaty's opening clauses constituted the covenant of the League.’
    • ‘For traditional marriage, sex is an important, even necessary or defining component of the marriage covenant.’
    • ‘In 1985 the Church Commissioners even made him sign a covenant pledging ‘to keep the clock in good working order’.’
    • ‘Their responsibility to uphold the covenant was both communal and individual.’
    • ‘The ten commandments are the moral covenant of the Old Testament, the beatitudes the moral covenant of the New.’
    • ‘This covenant belongs to the community as much as it belongs to the man and woman who enter it.’
    • ‘Maori representatives have put together some awesome proposals, such as covenants of access and non-saleability.’
    • ‘A marriage covenant establishes the expectations that a husband and wife have in the marriage relationship.’
    • ‘The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family.’
    • ‘These covenants and conditions run with the property.’
    • ‘They can also lead to wasted taxpayer dollars when unaccompanied by adequate social services and anti-drug covenants.’
    • ‘Conservation covenants will cover areas with sensitive eco-systems in the woodland and wetlands sectors.’
    • ‘As a third term, the covenant engages aspects of the body politic as well as the modern contract.’
    • ‘Mr. Brosovsky has since broken that covenant, but I will hold mine.’
    contract, compact, treaty, pact, accord, deal, bargain, settlement, concordat, protocol, entente, agreement, arrangement, understanding, pledge, promise, bond, indenture, guarantee, warrant
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    1. 1.1Law A formal agreement, contract, or promise in writing, especially one undertaking to make regular payments to a charity.
      • ‘Meaning of the fundamental covenants and treaties were adopted by Australian governments decades ago.’
      • ‘They can check if any deeds or covenants exist on neighbouring plots, which may restrict site access.’
      • ‘Clause 3 sets out the employer's covenant to pay its own and the employees' contributions to the trustees.’
      • ‘I am also of the view that the court cannot read down or limit the application of the covenants to a reasonable level.’
      • ‘The release was in consideration of ‘payments and covenants herein’.’
      contract, compact, treaty, pact, accord, deal, bargain, settlement, concordat, protocol, entente, agreement, arrangement, understanding, pledge, promise, bond, indenture, guarantee, warrant
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    2. 1.2Law A clause in a contract drawn up by deed.
      • ‘In the lease the lessee's covenants were contained in clause 4.’
      • ‘Like the other covenants in a loan agreement, breach of the negative-pledge clause will trigger the default clause.’
      • ‘Finally, a fee risk covenant clause is included in the contract.’
      • ‘Clause 5.9.1 is the main user covenant, in the following terms.’
      • ‘The risk fee covenant clause is associated with the incentive fees on contract.’
    3. 1.3Theology An agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David.
      • ‘It is God, because He is faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has preserved the Jews.’
      • ‘The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.’
      • ‘Paul is talking about the covenant with Abraham through his seed which was Christ.’
      • ‘Part of God's fulfillment of the covenant made to Abraham is realized through radical reversals.’
      • ‘He made a covenant with Abraham to be God to him and to his descendants after him.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract.

    with infinitive ‘the landlord covenants to repair the property’
    • ‘The defendant covenanted to pay to the plaintiff an insurance rent, and did pay such rent.’
    • ‘Ctbn held the head lease of the 18th Floor in which the two companies also covenanted with the landlord.’
    • ‘Typically the project company will covenant to give notice of the assignment to the other party.’
    • ‘Under clause 2 of the 1984 Deed the company covenanted to retain at least a part of the green land.’
    • ‘It was, and is, the position of AWS that liquidated damages must be a genuine, covenanted pre-estimate of loss.’
    • ‘In this case the subtenant had covenanted with his landlord that he would repair the property.’
    • ‘Recognizing these great gifts but also his corrosive personality four men and women covenanted to stick by Jerome.’
    • ‘He also covenanted to be responsible for all repairs to the pump other than capital replacements.’
    • ‘By clause 11.1, the company also covenanted to offer employment to certain employees at no less than their current salaries.’
    • ‘The tenants had covenanted to bear the costs of repair of the premises.’
    • ‘The company covenanted not to sell, assign or grant to anyone the right to distribute the products within Canada.’
    • ‘It is the use of the information which you have covenanted not to do.’
    • ‘The issuer covenanted with the Trustee to pay the amount of the Notes as and when they fell due.’
    • ‘Willen covenanted with the town for the benefit and protection of the retained land.’
    • ‘Did I not pay them, to the last sixpence, the sum covenanted for?’
    • ‘The Dyer had sought to enforce a writ against a colleague who had covenanted not to practise the craft of dyeing in the same town.’
    • ‘This is in recognition of the fact that wildlife is no respecter of territorial lines covenanted between men.’
    • ‘The maximum part of the covenantor's income that may be treated as covenanted is 5%.’
    • ‘By the underlease, the corporation covenanted to repair the interior of the demised premises.’
    undertake, give an undertaking, pledge, promise, agree, contract, vow, guarantee, warrant, commit oneself, bind oneself, give one's word, enter into an agreement, engage
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    1. 1.1British with object Undertake to give (a sum of money) regularly to charity by means of a covenant.
      ‘the company have covenanted £1,000 a year to the Law Library’
      • ‘An acquaintance has said that it is possible to covenant money to your children.’
      • ‘Any money it makes it covenants back to the charity - last year this was £159,000.’
      • ‘For something this size, you covenant it to maximise the tax efficiency and hence the amount of the donation.’
      • ‘There is no percentage limit on the amount of income that may be covenanted.’
      • ‘In order to qualify for relief, there must be a legal obligation to covenant the sum of money for a period in excess of six years.’

Phrases

  • Old Covenant

    • The covenant between God and Israel in the Old Testament.

      • ‘The succession from the Old Covenant to the New was an absolutely fundamental tenet of Protestantism.’
      • ‘The speaker noted that the Sabbath was one of several signs given to the Old Covenant people.’
      • ‘Tonight we are going to observe the New Covenant counterpart of the Old Covenant Passover.’
      • ‘He insists that the New Testament teaches no distinction between the moral and ceremonial law of the Old Covenant.’
      • ‘This was the Old Covenant promise - ‘I will be with you.’’
  • New Covenant

    • The covenant between God and the followers of Christ.

      • ‘In Jesus, God creates a New Covenant, a new means by which all the world can be joined to the Creator.’
      • ‘The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.’
      • ‘First of all, he was not writing under the Old Covenant, but was writing to Christians under the New Covenant.’
      • ‘The writer traces our faith story from angels through Moses and on to the New Covenant.’
      • ‘Israel in the wilderness and believers under the New Covenant are in analogous situations.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, present participle of covenir ‘agree’, from Latin convenire (see convene).

Pronunciation

covenant

/ˈkʌv(ə)nənt/