Definition of covenant in US English:

covenant

noun

  • 1An agreement.

    • ‘The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family.’
    • ‘Their responsibility to uphold the covenant was both communal and individual.’
    • ‘For traditional marriage, sex is an important, even necessary or defining component of the marriage covenant.’
    • ‘I believe in the various covenants and conventions that the Government has entered into.’
    • ‘They can also lead to wasted taxpayer dollars when unaccompanied by adequate social services and anti-drug covenants.’
    • ‘The treaty's opening clauses constituted the covenant of the League.’
    • ‘Mr. Brosovsky has since broken that covenant, but I will hold mine.’
    • ‘Already some states of America - Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana - have started a covenant marriage program.’
    • ‘This covenant belongs to the community as much as it belongs to the man and woman who enter it.’
    • ‘A marriage covenant establishes the expectations that a husband and wife have in the marriage relationship.’
    • ‘In 1985 the Church Commissioners even made him sign a covenant pledging ‘to keep the clock in good working order’.’
    • ‘When building finally did resume, the covenants were loosened considerably to generate a quick infusion of cash.’
    • ‘As a third term, the covenant engages aspects of the body politic as well as the modern contract.’
    • ‘These covenants and conditions run with the property.’
    • ‘And it's doubtful that decisions to ratify international covenants on the subject involve much public consideration either.’
    • ‘But the fact that he is abusing the marriage covenant does not mean the marriage covenant does not exist.’
    • ‘Private forces and community covenants were also used to meet the challenges of brigands.’
    • ‘Maori representatives have put together some awesome proposals, such as covenants of access and non-saleability.’
    • ‘Conservation covenants will cover areas with sensitive eco-systems in the woodland and wetlands sectors.’
    • ‘The ten commandments are the moral covenant of the Old Testament, the beatitudes the moral covenant of the New.’
    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 contract drawn up by deed.
      • ‘Clause 3 sets out the employer's covenant to pay its own and the employees' contributions to the trustees.’
      • ‘The release was in consideration of ‘payments and covenants herein’.’
      • ‘Meaning of the fundamental covenants and treaties were adopted by Australian governments decades ago.’
      • ‘I am also of the view that the court cannot read down or limit the application of the covenants to a reasonable level.’
      • ‘They can check if any deeds or covenants exist on neighbouring plots, which may restrict site access.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like the other covenants in a loan agreement, breach of the negative-pledge clause will trigger the default clause.’
      • ‘In the lease the lessee's covenants were contained in clause 4.’
      • ‘Finally, a fee risk covenant clause is included in the 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is God, because He is faithful to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has preserved the Jews.’

verb

[no object]
  • Agree by lease, deed, or other legal contract.

    ‘the landlord covenants to repair the property’
    • ‘The maximum part of the covenantor's income that may be treated as covenanted is 5%.’
    • ‘Typically the project company will covenant to give notice of the assignment to the other party.’
    • ‘The issuer covenanted with the Trustee to pay the amount of the Notes as and when they fell due.’
    • ‘He also covenanted to be responsible for all repairs to the pump other than capital replacements.’
    • ‘It is the use of the information which you have covenanted not to do.’
    • ‘The defendant covenanted to pay to the plaintiff an insurance rent, and did pay such rent.’
    • ‘By clause 11.1, the company also covenanted to offer employment to certain employees at no less than their current salaries.’
    • ‘Ctbn held the head lease of the 18th Floor in which the two companies also covenanted with the landlord.’
    • ‘This is in recognition of the fact that wildlife is no respecter of territorial lines covenanted between men.’
    • ‘Did I not pay them, to the last sixpence, the sum covenanted for?’
    • ‘Willen covenanted with the town for the benefit and protection of the retained land.’
    • ‘In this case the subtenant had covenanted with his landlord that he would repair the property.’
    • ‘It was, and is, the position of AWS that liquidated damages must be a genuine, covenanted pre-estimate of loss.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the underlease, the corporation covenanted to repair the interior of the demised premises.’
    • ‘The company covenanted not to sell, assign or grant to anyone the right to distribute the products within Canada.’
    • ‘The tenants had covenanted to bear the costs of repair of the premises.’
    • ‘Recognizing these great gifts but also his corrosive personality four men and women covenanted to stick by Jerome.’
    • ‘Under clause 2 of the 1984 Deed the company covenanted to retain at least a part of the green land.’
    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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Phrases

  • Old Covenant

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

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

    • The covenant between God and the followers of Jesus Christ.

      • ‘First of all, he was not writing under the Old Covenant, but was writing to Christians under the New Covenant.’
      • ‘The New Covenant permits Gentile Christians to be included in the covenant with Abraham.’
      • ‘In Jesus, God creates a New Covenant, a new means by which all the world can be joined to the Creator.’
      • ‘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

/ˈkəvənənt//ˈkəvənənt/