Meaning of covenant

cov•e•nant

Pronunciation: (kuv'u-nunt), [key]
— n.
  1. an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.
  2. an incidental clause in such an agreement.
  3. a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.
  4. (cap.)
    1. SeeNational Covenant.
    2. SeeSolemn League and Covenant.
    1. the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
    2. the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.
    1. a formal agreement of legal validity, esp. one under seal.
    2. an early English form of action in suits involving sealed contracts.
  5. See
—v.i.
  1. to enter into a covenant.
—v.t.
  1. to promise by covenant; pledge.
  2. to stipulate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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