One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the monks had taken a vow of silence’
oath, pledge, promise, bond, covenant, commitment, avowal, profession, sworn statement, affirmation, attestation, assurance, word, word of honour, guarantee
rare asseveration, averment
1‘I vowed to do better’
swear, state under oath, swear under oath, swear on the Bible, take an oath, pledge, promise, affirm, avow, undertake, give an undertaking, engage, commit, commit oneself, make a commitment, give one's word, give one's word of honour, give an assurance, guarantee
depose, make a deposition, bind oneself
archaic plight, asseverate
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