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

SYNONYMS FOR swear

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 out (1 of 2)

swear out


verb

(tr, adverb) US to secure the issue of (a warrant for an arrest) by making a charge under oath

British Dictionary definitions for swear out (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 out

swear out


Obtain a warrant for arrest by making a charge under oath, as in The school principal swore out a warrant for the arrest of the vandals. [Late 1800s]

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