Definition for sworn (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 sworn
But these must be proven under a signed and sworn statement and judged reasonable by the DOH.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some secrets, it seems, must be kept even from elected representatives who could still be sworn to secrecy.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her agency had to take her out of the country that very evening after it was made clear that the servant had sworn to kill her.
The capital of Chechnya, Grozny, was attacked Thursday by insurgents who may have sworn allegiance to ISIS.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this week, even as a new cabinet was sworn in, the Houthis showed no signs of honoring their commitment to demobilize.
Mr. Gregory, have you been sworn in connection with these proceedings?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I have sworn to myself that one day you should know it—you alone!Ghosts|Henrik Ibsen
Byron had sworn to love man and nature, and to glorify their works, on the very instant he seeks to degrade and vilify.
Mistletoe was the only thing in the world which had not sworn not to harm Baldur.The Book of Hallowe'en|Ruth Edna Kelley
She had sworn by Claire, as the phrase goes, in earlier days.An Ambitious Woman|Edgar Fawcett
British Dictionary definitions for sworn (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sworn (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 sworn
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.