- To swear is to speak using bad or rude language.
An example of to swear is exclaim “shit” when something bad happens.
- To swear is to make a promise.
- An example of to swear is to take an oath on the Bible in a courtroom.
- An example of to swear is to take a vow not to tell a secret.
A man swears an oath in court.
swear definition by Webster's New World
- to make a solemn declaration with an appeal to God or to something held sacred for confirmation: to swear on one's honor
- to make a solemn promise; vow
- to use profane or obscene language; curse
- Law to give evidence under oath
Origin: Middle English swerien ; from Old English swerian, akin to German schwören ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to speak from source Old Church Slavonic svariti, to revile
- to declare solemnly in the name of God or of something held sacred
- to pledge or vow on oath
- to assert or promise with great conviction or emphasis
- to take (an oath) by swearing
- to administer a legal oath to
- swearer noun
swear definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb swore swore , sworn sworn , swear·ing, swears verb, intransitive
- To make a solemn declaration, invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing, in confirmation of and witness to the honesty or truth of such a declaration.
- To make a solemn promise; vow.
- To use profane oaths; curse.
- Law To give evidence or testimony under oath.
- To declare or affirm solemnly by invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing.
- To promise or pledge with a solemn oath; vow: He swore his oath of allegiance to the queen. See Synonyms at promise.
- To utter or bind oneself to (an oath).
- Law To administer a legal oath to: All the witnesses have been sworn.
- To say or affirm earnestly and with great conviction.
Origin: Middle English sweren, from Old English swerian; see swer- in Indo-European roots.
- swearˈer noun
swear - Phrases/Idioms
- to name (something held sacred) in taking an oath
- to have great faith or confidence in