avouch, avow, vouch
Avouch, meaning ‘to assure, guarantee, acknowledge’ and overlapping with avow, can be found in the Bible (AV), Spenser, Marlowe, Milton, Byron, and Thackeray, but despite these fine credentials is no longer in general use. Avow is still in use and means ‘to declare (a belief, one's faith, an intention, etc.)’. Vouch is restricted to the phrase to vouch for (somebody or something), as in I can vouch for them and I can vouch for their honesty.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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