Simple Definition of swear
: to state (something) very strongly and sincerely
: to promise very strongly and sincerely to do or not do something
: to use offensive words when you speak
Full Definition of swear
1 : to utter or take solemnly (an oath)
2a : to assert as true or promise under oath <a sworn affidavit> <swore to uphold the Constitution>b : to assert or promise emphatically or earnestly <swore he'd study harder next time>
3a : to put to an oath : administer an oath tob : to bind by an oath <swore them to secrecy>
4 obsolete : to invoke the name of (a sacred being) in an oath
5 : to bring into a specified state by swearing <swore his life away>
1 : to take an oath
2 : to use profane or obscene language : curse
: to place great confidence in <swears by his mechanic>
Examples of swear
He swore revenge on the killers.
I swear to God, I'll kill him if he comes back.
Don't swear in front of the children.
I do solemnly swear to tell the whole truth.
Origin of swear
Middle English sweren, from Old English swerian; akin to Old High German swerien to swear and perhaps to Old Church Slavic svarŭ quarrel
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with swear
air, Ayr, bare, bear, Blair, blare, care, chair, chare, dare, Dare, e'er, ere, err, eyre, fair, fare, flair, flare, glair, glare, hair, hare, Herr, heir, lair, mare, ne'er, pair, pare, pear, prayer, rare, rear, scare, share, snare, spare, square, stair, stare, tare, tear, their, there, vair, ware, wear, weir, where, yare
Examples of swear
I heard him say a swear.
<can't you express your frustration without using swears?>
First Known Use of swear
SWEAR Defined for Kids
Definition of swear
swore \ˈswȯr\sworn \ˈswȯrn\swear·ing
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