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Definitions of swear

  1. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; " Before God I swear I am innocent"
  2. utter obscenities or profanities; " The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
  3. make a deposition; declare under oath
  4. promise solemnly; take an oath
  5. To vow.
  6. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise, threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the Bible, the Koran, etc.
  7. To make an appeal to God in an irreverant manner; to use the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon God in imprecation; to curse.
  8. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make ( a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath.
  9. To put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into; as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an officer; he was sworn into office.
  10. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend.
  11. To appeal to by an oath.
  12. To make a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a solemn vow or promise; to give evidence on oath; to use profane language.
  13. To utter or declare with an appeal to God; to vow or promise solemnly; cause to take, or bind by, an oath; as, to swear witnesses.
  14. Swearer.
  15. Swore.
  16. Sworn.
  17. Swearing.
  18. To affirm, calling God to witness: to give evidence on oath: to utter the name of God or of sacred things profanely.
  19. To utter, calling God to witness: to administer an oath to: to declare on oath:- pa. t. swore; pa. p. sworn.
  20. Swore ( older form, sware.).
  21. To administer an oath to.
  22. To affirm, calling God to witness; declare on oath; use profane language.
  23. To affirm solemnly, with an appeal to God or something sacred; make a solemn affirmation.
  24. To utter profanely.
  25. To administer a legal oath to.
  26. To give testimony under oath.
  27. To blaspheme; curse.
  28. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to cause to take an oath; to declare or charge upon oath. To swear the peace against one, to make oath against him before the proper officer, as endangering the life or person of him who makes it.
  29. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration with an appeal to God for the truth of it; to promise upon oath; to give evidence on oath; to practise profaneness.
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Usage examples for swear

  1. No, I swear to you- I could not- he did what he wanted. – Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13) by Guy de Maupassant Last Updated: February 13, 2009
  2. You went to their village and made them swear. – White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor by A. J. Bueltmann
  3. You'll marry me, Ann- I swear it! – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  4. Moriarty and Blunkers swear by him. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  5. I swear I did not do it. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
  6. I shouldn't like to swear he hasn't. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  7. How I came away I swear I don't know. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  8. It's a good place to think things out,- and swear over 'em. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  9. That was all, I swear, Mr.- Mr.- I don't know your name!" – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  10. " I swear I will," cried Huish. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  11. " Swear to give the watch to Donna Tullia," said Del Ferice. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  12. The way he said it made it sound like a swear word. – Jerry's Charge Account by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  13. I do- I swear I do! – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  14. The folks in this section of the country swear by him." – 'Firebrand' Trevison by Charles Alden Seltzer
  15. Why didn't he swear and be done with it? – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  16. I swear it wasn't my fault!" – Man Overboard! by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  17. He always used to swear by it. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  18. They'll all swear that the marriage was good enough then. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
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