When you put your hand on a bible and swear to tell the truth in court, this is an example of a time when you take an oath.
- To agree to a pledge of truthfulness or faithful performance.
- Under a burden or responsibility to speak truthfully or perform an action faithfully.
- to promise or declare by making an oath; swear solemnly
- bound or obligated by having made a formal oath, as in a court of law
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of oath
- Middle English oth from Old English āth
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ooth, oth, ath, from Old English ÄÃ¾ (“oath"), from Proto-Germanic *aiÃ¾az (“oath"), from Proto-Indo-European *oyt- (“oath"). Cognate with Scots aith, athe (“oath"), North Frisian ith, iss (“oath"), West Frisian eed (“oath"), Dutch eed (“oath"), German Eid (“oath"), Swedish ed (“oath"), Icelandic eiÃ° (“oath"), Latin Å«tor (“use, employ, avail"), Old Irish Ã³eth (“oath").