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Definitions of swear

  1. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration with an appeal to God for the truth of it; to promise upon oath; to give evidence on oath; to practise profaneness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To vow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To utter or declare with an appeal to God; to vow or promise solemnly; cause to take, or bind by, an oath; as, to swear witnesses. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To utter, calling God to witness: to administer an oath to: to declare on oath:-pa.t. swore; pa.p. sworn. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To administer an oath to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To affirm solemnly, with an appeal to God or something sacred; make a solemn affirmation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To utter profanely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To administer a legal oath to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To make a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a solemn vow or promise; to give evidence on oath; to use profane language. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To affirm, calling God to witness: to give evidence on oath: to utter the name of God or of sacred things profanely. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To affirm, calling God to witness; declare on oath; use profane language. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To give testimony under oath. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To blaspheme; curse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to cause to take an oath; to declare or charge upon oath. To swear the peace against one, to make oath against him before the proper officer, as endangering the life or person of him who makes it. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Swearing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Sworn. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise, threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the Bible, the Koran, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To make an appeal to God in an irreverant manner; to use the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon God in imprecation; to curse. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To put to an oath; to cause to take an oath; to administer an oath to; -- ofetn followed by in or into; as, to swear witnesses; to swear a jury; to swear in an officer; he was sworn into office. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason against his friend. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To appeal to by an oath. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. Swearer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Swore. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Swore (older form, sware.). The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Usage examples for swear

  1. No, I swear to you- I could not- he did what he wanted. – Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13) by Guy de Maupassant Last Updated: February 13, 2009
  2. You went to their village and made them swear – White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor by A. J. Bueltmann
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