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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun Covenant has 2 senses

Verb Covenant has 2 senses


Covenantn. [OF. covenant, fr. F. & OF. convenir to agree, L. convenire. See Convene.].
  •  A mutual agreement of two or more persons or parties, or one of the stipulations in such an agreement.  [1913 Webster]
    "Then Jonathan and David made a covenant."  [1913 Webster]
    "Let there be covenants drawn between us."  [1913 Webster]
    "If we conclude a peace,
    It shall be with such strict and severe covenants
    As little shall the Frenchmen gain thereby.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  An agreement made by the Scottish Parliament in 1638, and by the English Parliament in 1643, to preserve the reformed religion in Scotland, and to extirpate popery and prelacy; -- usually called the “Solemn League and Covenant.”  [1913 Webster]
    "He [Wharton] was born in the days of the Covenant, and was the heir of a covenanted house."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The promises of God as revealed in the Scriptures, conditioned on certain terms on the part of man, as obedience, repentance, faith, etc.  [1913 Webster]
    "I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A solemn compact between members of a church to maintain its faith, discipline, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An undertaking, on sufficient consideration, in writing and under seal, to do or to refrain from some act or thing; a contract; a stipulation; also, the document or writing containing the terms of agreement.
Syn. -- Agreement; contract; compact; bargain; arrangement; stipulation.
Covenantv. i. 
     To agree (with); to enter into a formal agreement; to bind one's self by contract; to make a stipulation.  [1913 Webster]
    "Jupiter covenanted with him, that it should be hot or cold, wet or dry, . . . as the tenant should direct."  [1913 Webster]
    "And they covenanted with him for thyrty pieces of silver."
Syn. -- To agree; contract; bargain; stipulate.
Covenantv. t. 
     To grant or promise by covenant.  [1913 Webster]
    "My covenant of peace that I covenanted with you."  [1913 Webster]


Covenant, n. & v.
1 an agreement; a contract.
2 Law a a contract drawn up under a seal, esp. undertaking to make regular payments to a charity. b a clause of a covenant.
3 (Covenant) Bibl. the agreement between God and the Israelites (see Ark of the Covenant).
--v.tr. & intr. agree, esp. by legal covenant.

land of the Covenant Canaan.
covenantal adj. covenantor n.
ME f. OF, pres. part. of co(n)venir, formed as CONVENE



accord, agree, agree on, agree to, agree with, agreement, arrangement, bargain, bargain for, binding agreement, bond, cartel, collective agreement, come around to, come to terms, compact, concur, consortium, contract, convention, covenant of salt, deal, dicker, do a deal, employment contract, engage, formal agreement, get together, ironclad agreement, legal agreement, legal contract, make a deal, mutual agreement, pact, paction, pledge, plight, promise, protocol, shake hands on, shake on it, stipulate, stipulation, strike a bargain, swear, transaction, understanding, undertake, union contract, valid contract, vow, wage contract




VB promise, give a promise, undertake, engage, make an engagement, form an engagement, enter into an engagement, enter on an engagement, bind oneself, tie oneself, pledge oneself, commit oneself, take upon oneself, vow, swear, give one's word, pass one's word, pledge one's word, plight one's word, give one's honor, pass one's honor, pledge one's honor, plight one's honor, give credit, pass credit, pledge credit, plight credit, give troth, pass troth, pledge troth, plight troth, betroth, plight faith, assure, warrant, guarantee, covenant, attest, hold out an expectation, contract an obligation, become bound to, become sponsor for, answer for, be answerable for, secure, give security, underwrite, adjure, administer an oath, put to one's oath, swear a witness.


N compact, contract, agreement, bargain, affidation, pact, paction, bond, covenant, indenture, bundobast, deal, stipulation, settlement, convention, compromise, cartel, Protocol, treaty, concordat, Zollverein, Sonderbund, charter, Magna Charta, Progmatic Sanction, customs union, free trade region, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, GATT, most favored nation status, negotiation, diplomacy, negotiator, ratification, completion, signature, seal, sigil, signet, agreed, conventional, under hand and seal, caveat emptor.

VB contract, covenant, agree for, engage, treat, negotiate, stipulate, make terms, bargain, make a bargain, strike a bargain, come to terms, come to an understanding, compromise, set at rest, close, close with, conclude, complete, settle, confirm, ratify, clench, subscribe, underwrite, endorse, indorse, put the seal to, sign, seal, indent, take one at one's word, bargain by inch of candle.


N conditions, terms, articles, articles of agreement, memorandum, clauses, provisions, proviso, covenant, stipulation, obligation, ultimatum, sine qua non, casus foederris, conditional, provisional, guarded, fenced, hedged in, conditionally, provisionally, pro re nata, on condition, with a string to it.


N security, guaranty, guarantee, gage, warranty, bond, tie, pledge, plight, mortgage, collateral, debenture, hypothecation, bill of sale, lien, pawn, pignoration, real security, vadium, stake, deposit, earnest, handsel, caution, promissory note, bill, bill of exchange, I, O, U, personal security, covenant, specialty, parole, acceptance, indorsement, signature, execution, stamp, seal, sponsor, cosponsor, sponsion, sponsorship, surety, bail, mainpernor, hostage, godchild, godfather, godmother, recognizance, deed of indemnity, covenant of indemnity, authentication, verification, warrant, certificate, voucher, docket, doquet, record, probate, attested copy, receipt, acquittance, quittance, discharge, release, muniment, title deed, instrument, deed, deed poll, assurance, indenture, charter, charter poll, paper, parchment, settlement, will, testament, last will and testament, codicil, bonis avibus, gone where the woodbine twineth.

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