swear

[ swair ]
/ swɛər /

verb (used without object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; swear·ing.

verb (used with object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; swear·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of swear

before 900; Middle English sweren, Old English swerian; cognate with German schwören, Old Norse sverja; akin to Gothic swaran to swear; see answer

Related forms

swear·er, nounswear·ing·ly, adverbre·swear, verb, re·swore, re·sworn, re·swear·ing.un·der·swear·er, noun

Synonym study

4. See curse.
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British Dictionary definitions for swear in (1 of 2)

swear in


verb

(tr, adverb) to administer an oath to (a person) on his assuming office, entering the witness box to give evidence, etc

British Dictionary definitions for swear in (2 of 2)

swear

/ (swɛə) /

verb swears, swearing, swore or sworn

noun

a period of swearing

Derived Forms

swearer, noun

Word Origin for swear

Old English swerian; related to Old Norse sverja, Gothic swaran, Old Frisian swera, German schwören
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Idioms and Phrases with swear in

swear in


Administer a legal or official oath to, as in The new mayor will be sworn in tomorrow. [c. 1700]

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