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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of swear

swore play \ˈswȯr\ sworn play \ˈswȯrn\ swearing

  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

swearer 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 in a sentence

  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


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swear

noun

Definition of swear



Examples of swear in a sentence

  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



SWEAR Defined for Kids

swear

play
verb \ˈswer\

Definition of swear for Students

swore \ˈswȯr\sworn \ˈswȯrn\swearing

  1. 1 :  to use bad or vulgar language :  curse

  2. 2 :  to make a statement or promise with sincerity or under oath :  vow <I swear to tell the truth.>

  3. 3 :  to give an oath to <The witness was sworn.>

  4. 4 :  to bind by an oath <He swore them to secrecy.>

  5. 5 :  to be or feel certain <I swear I saw it a minute ago.>




Law Dictionary

swear

verb

Legal Definition of swear

sworeswornswearing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter or take solemnly <swear an oath>

  3. 2a :  to assert as true or promise under oath <a sworn affidavit> b :  to assert or promise emphatically or earnestly <swore to uphold the constitution>

  4. 3a :  to put to an oath b :  to bind by an oath

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take an oath



Origin of swear

Old English swerian



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