Definition for swore (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; swear·ing.
verb (used with object), swore or (Archaic) sware; sworn; 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.
Origin of swear
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|Allison Glock|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They insisted the raiders were from the “Dnipr” battalion and they swore revenge on them.
“I remember feeling very helpless because she swore me to secrecy and would never tell anyone,” she said.
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|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kerry swore no such document existed, but I have seen a copy of these proposed plans.
Old Joe swore the boy to this obedience, and young Joe has never faltered or hesitated.Frank Merriwell's Son|Burt L. Standish
He drew back, greatly astounded, and swore beneath his breath.Athelstane Ford|Allen Upward
Hugh, seeing that it was useless to remonstrate, sank back in the seat and swore audibly.Nedra|George Barr McCutcheon
He swore he would not, and he beat me when I pleaded for them.Tara|Philip Meadows Taylor
Hen swore under his powerful breath that it was a dad-burned lie; but it looked awful plausible to me.Yellowstone Nights|Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for swore (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for swore (2 of 2)
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)
Word Origin for swear
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.