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[ swair ]
/ swɛər /
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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.

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Origin of swear

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

synonym study for swear

4. See curse.

OTHER WORDS FROM swear

swearer, nounswear·ing·ly, adverbre·swear, verb, re·swore, re·sworn, re·swear·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for swear

swear
/ (swɛə) /

verb swears, swearing, swore or sworn

noun

a period of swearing

Derived forms of swear

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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