What does the word avow mean?

Usage examples for avow

  1. For I avow I cannot comprehend it at all. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  2. I avow that I was not very sorry to hear the officer throw out these hints, for they convinced me that my journey through Leaphigh would be accompanied with less embarrassment than I had anticipated, since I now plainly perceived that monikins act on principles that are not very essentially different from those of the human race in general. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  3. All women, whether they avow it or not, love to find their master and bend to him; and Dominic was of the very essence of virility. – Where Deep Seas Moan by E. Gallienne-Robin