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swear

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verb \ˈswer\

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

swore play \ˈswȯr\ sworn play \ˈswȯrn\ swear·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter or take solemnly (an oath)

  3. 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>

  4. 3a :  to put to an oath :  administer an oath tob :  to bind by an oath <swore them to secrecy>

  5. 4 obsolete :  to invoke the name of (a sacred being) in an oath

  6. 5 :  to bring into a specified state by swearing <swore his life away>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to take an oath

  9. 2 :  to use profane or obscene language :  curse

swear·er noun
swear by
  1. :  to place great confidence in <swears by his mechanic>

swear for
  1. :  to give assurance for :  guarantee

swear off
  1. :  to vow to abstain from :  renounce <swear off smoking>

Examples of swear

  1. He swore revenge on the killers.

  2. I swear to God, I'll kill him if he comes back.

  3. Don't swear in front of the children.

  4. 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


2

swear

noun

Definition of swear



Examples of swear

  1. I heard him say a swear.

  2. <can't you express your frustration without using swears?>



14th Century

First Known Use of swear

14th century




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