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swear

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verb \ˈswer\

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 Constitutionb :  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 and Etymology of swear

Middle English sweren, from Old English swerian; akin to Old High German swerien to swear and perhaps to Old Church Slavonic svarŭ quarrel


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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?

First Known Use of swear

14th century


SWEAR Defined for English Language Learners

swear

play
verb

Definition of swear for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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

swore

sworn

swearing

  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 and Etymology of swear

Old English swerian



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