Swear meaning

swâr
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.
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(law) To administer a legal oath to.

All the witnesses have been sworn.

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To swear is to speak using bad or rude language.

An example of to swear is exclaim “shit” when something bad happens.

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(law) To commit oneself by oath to giving evidence or testimony that is truthful.
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To utter or bind oneself to (an oath).
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A swearword.
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To make a solemn declaration with an appeal to God or to something held sacred for confirmation.

To swear on one's honor.

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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.

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To promise or pledge with a solemn oath; vow.

He swore to do his duty.

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To make a solemn promise; vow.
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To use profane or obscene language; curse.
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(law) To give evidence under oath.
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To declare solemnly in the name of God or of something held sacred.
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To pledge or vow on oath.
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To assert or promise with great conviction or emphasis.
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To take (an oath) by swearing.
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To administer an oath to.

To swear someone to secrecy; the witness has been sworn.

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To make a solemn promise; vow.
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To use obscene or blasphemous language; curse.
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swear by
  • to name (something held sacred) in taking an oath
  • to have great faith or confidence in
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swear for
  • to give assurance for; guarantee
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swear in
  • to administer an oath to (a person taking office, a witness in a legal proceeding, etc.)
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swear off
  • to promise to give up, leave off, or renounce
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swear out
  • to obtain (a warrant for someone's arrest) by making a charge under oath
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of swear

  • Middle English sweren from Old English swerian swer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition