verb (used without object), swore [swawr, swohr] /swɔr, swoʊr/ or (Archaic) sware [swair]; /swɛər/; sworn [swawrn, swohrn]; /swɔrn, swoʊrn/; swear·ing.
verb (used with object), swore [swawr, swohr] /swɔr, swoʊr/ or (Archaic) sware [swair]; /swɛər/; sworn [swawrn, swohrn]; /swɔrn, swoʊrn/; swear·ing.
- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM swearswearer, nounswear·ing·ly, adverbre·swear, verb, re·swore, re·sworn, re·swear·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for swear
I swear, if he pees on another bush during a family walk, I just might lose it.Miss Manners: Family member’s manners have gone to the dogs|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Letlow, a 41-year-old congressman-elect from Louisiana, died after contracting covid-19 late last year, days before he was scheduled to be sworn in as a member of Congress.Rep. Ron Wright has died after battle with covid-19|Paulina Firozi, David Weigel|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
He swears he can see his influence on Leftwich on the field.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP|Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
The officer did not charge either man, but later that day Karau went before a Fairfax County magistrate and swore out a misdemeanor assault charge against Chastain.Judge faults Fairfax County prosecutors for failing to notify victim of trial|Justin Jouvenal|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Among the possibilities raised were adding sworn police officers who could make arrests, ambassadors who could help riders navigate the system rather than write tickets and homeless outreach workers.MTS Review Recommends Changes, But Stops Short of Sweeping Assessments|Lisa Halverstadt|February 5, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Nine new Republican senators will swear their oaths of office.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or should you swear it off in the name of better cholesterol?Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food|DailyBurn|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Opposing fans often taunt him, screaming, “Swear in a minute, he's going to swear in a minute.”
I swear we all went into this because we like people and most importantly the idea of healing you is very rewarding.‘Code Black’: An M.D. on How to Fix Our Emergency Room Crisis|Ryan McGarry|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It just shocked me, I swear I would have a chauffeur if I could ever afford one.
Three hours ago you had never seen me, and now you swear my indifference will kill you.
I swear (and he did swear hard enough, if an oath could do it, to satisfy any man) I've had nothing to do with it.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
To swear by his name is not to do sacrifice; and is therefore to perform another part of his worship.
The men said unto her, we will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
To swear in suitable circumstances is the duty of all; but it is the privilege of those only who are in covenant with God.
British Dictionary definitions for swear
verb swears, swearing, swore or sworn
- to invoke (a deity, etc) by name as a witness or guarantee to an oath
- to trust implicitly; have complete confidence (in)