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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. have confidence or faith in; " We can trust in God"; " Rely on your friends"; " bank on your good education"; " I swear by my grandmother's recipes"
  3. utter obscenities or profanities; " The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
  4. make a deposition; declare under oath
  5. promise solemnly; take an oath
  6. To vow.
  7. 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.
  8. To give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth of a statement; he swore against the prisoner.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend.
  13. To appeal to by an oath.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Swearer.
  17. Swore.
  18. Sworn.
  19. Swearing.
  20. To affirm, calling God to witness: to give evidence on oath: to utter the name of God or of sacred things profanely.
  21. To utter, calling God to witness: to administer an oath to: to declare on oath:- pa. t. swore; pa. p. sworn.
  22. Swore ( older form, sware.).
  23. To administer an oath to.
  24. To affirm, calling God to witness; declare on oath; use profane language.
  25. To affirm solemnly, with an appeal to God or something sacred; make a solemn affirmation.
  26. To utter profanely.
  27. To administer a legal oath to.
  28. To give testimony under oath.
  29. To blaspheme; curse.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. To affirm on oath; to appeal solemnly to God for the truth of what is stated; to administer an oath to; to declare a promise upon oath; to give evidence upon oath; to use profane language, or use the name of God irreverently.
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Usage examples for swear

  1. That was all, I swear, Mr.- Mr.- I don't know your name!" – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  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. It's a good place to think things out,- and swear over 'em. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  4. Why didn't he swear and be done with it? – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  5. The folks in this section of the country swear by him." – 'Firebrand' Trevison by Charles Alden Seltzer
  6. " I swear I will," cried Huish. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  7. I swear it wasn't my fault!" – Man Overboard! by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  8. They would swear it upon me. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  9. 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
  10. The way he said it made it sound like a swear word. – Jerry's Charge Account by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  11. I shouldn't like to swear he hasn't. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  12. " Swear to give the watch to Donna Tullia," said Del Ferice. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  13. Moriarty and Blunkers swear by him. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  14. 15, 699. Do you swear that you don't make the principal part of your living by selling things in the town? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  15. He always used to swear by it. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  16. They'll all swear that the marriage was good enough then. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  17. You'll marry me, Ann- I swear it! – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  18. How I came away I swear I don't know. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  19. I do- I swear I do! – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. I swear I did not do it. – Red Money by Fergus Hume
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