- a simple past tense of swear.
- to make a solemn declaration or affirmation by some sacred being or object, as a deity or the Bible.
- to bind oneself by oath.
- to give evidence or make a statement on oath.
- to use profane oaths or language: Don't swear in front of the children.
- to declare, affirm, attest, etc., by swearing by a deity, some sacred object, etc.
- to affirm, assert, or say with solemn earnestness.
- to promise or undertake on oath or in a solemn manner; vow.
- to testify or state on oath: He swore it on the witness stand.
- to take (an oath), as in order to give solemnity or force to a declaration, promise, etc.
- to bind by an oath: to swear someone to secrecy.
- swear by,
- to name (a sacred being or thing) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing.
- Informal.to have great confidence in; rely on: He swears by his dentist.
- to have certain knowledge of: I thought I saw him leaving, but I couldn't swear by it.
- swear in, to admit to office or service by administering an oath: A new president will be sworn in today.
- swear off, to promise or resolve to give up something, especially intoxicating beverages.
- swear out, to secure (a warrant for arrest) by making an accusation under oath.
Origin of swear
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Examples from the Web for swore
And when Bill Clinton swore on a stack of Bibles that he rose from a town called Hope, few of us rolled our eyes.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
They insisted the raiders were from the “Dnipr” battalion and they swore revenge on them.Inside Putin's Rigged Ukraine Election
May 12, 2014
“I remember feeling very helpless because she swore me to secrecy and would never tell anyone,” she said.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
He was the point man in the promotion when Evel Knievel swore he'd soar across Snake River Canyon in a sawed-off rocket ship.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Kerry swore no such document existed, but I have seen a copy of these proposed plans.The Erekat Came Back
November 15, 2013
She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Where is this camp to which you swore that you would lead us?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
There was a girl who swore she was innocent—yes, she swore that she was innocent.Within the Law
He stormed and swore, and forbade Elizabeth ever coming in his sight again.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Edward swore a fierce oath that they should either go, or hang.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- the past tense of swear
- to declare or affirm (a statement) as true, esp by invoking a deity, etc, as witness
- (foll by by)
- to invoke (a deity, etc) by name as a witness or guarantee to an oath
- to trust implicitly; have complete confidence (in)
- (intr often foll by at) to curse, blaspheme, or use swearwords
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to promise solemnly on oath; vow
- (tr) to assert or affirm with great emphasis or earnestness
- (intr) to give evidence or make any statement or solemn declaration on oath
- to take an oath in order to add force or solemnity to (a statement or declaration)
- swear blind informal to assert emphatically
- a period of swearing
Word Origin and History for swore
Old English swerian "take an oath" (class VI strong verb; past tense swor, past participle sworen), from Proto-Germanic *swarjan-, (cf. Old Saxon swerian, Old Norse sverja, Danish sverge, Old Frisian swera, Middle Dutch swaren, Old High German swerien, German schwören, Gothic swaren "to swear"), from PIE root *swer- (1) "to speak, talk, say" (cf. Old Church Slavonic svara "quarrel"). Also related to the second element in answer. The secondary sense of "use bad language" (early 15c.) developed from the notion of "invoke sacred names." Swear-word is American English colloquial from 1883. Swear off "desist as with a vow" is from 1898.