- Sworn is defined as promised, or bound by an oath.
- If you are testifying in court and pledge to tell the truth, this is an example of when you give sworn testimony.
- If you are determined to remain someone's enemy from now until forever, this is an example of when you are sworn enemies.
bound, pledged, promised, etc. by or as by an oath
Past participle of swear.
- Having been asserted as true under oath: sworn statements by witnesses.
- Bound or empowered by an oath: a sworn official.
- Avowed: a sworn friend.
- Given under oath.
- His sworn statement convinced the judge.
- a sworn enemy
- Past participle of swear
Variant of swear
intransitive verbswore, sworn, swearing
- 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 of swearMiddle 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
- to name (something held sacred) in taking an oath
- to have great faith or confidence in
to give assurance for; guarantee
to administer an oath to (a person taking office, a witness, etc.)
to promise to give up, leave off, or renounce
to obtain (a warrant for someone's arrest) by making a charge under oath