Swear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |swer|  American pronunciation of the word swear
Brit.  |swɛː|  British pronunciation of the word swear
irregular verb:  p.t. — swore  p.p. — sworn
- utter obscenities or profanities (syn: blaspheme, curse, cuss, imprecate)
- to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true (syn: affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, verify)
Before God I swear I am innocent
- promise solemnly; take an oath
- make a deposition; declare under oath (syn: depone, depose)
- have faith or confidence in (syn: bank, bet, calculate, count, depend, look, reckon, rely)

Examples

He swore revenge on the killers.

I swear to God, I'll kill him if he comes back.

Don't swear in front of the children.

I do solemnly swear to tell the whole truth.

I heard him say a swear.

...can't you express your frustration without using swears?...

They swore allegiance to the government.

I swear by the name of God that what I say is true.

Everyone was sworn to secrecy / silence.

The newly elected President was sworn in today.

Everyone swears by her remedy for a cold.

He turned round and swore at me.

Victor swore he would get his revenge.

Mona swore never to return home.

Do you swear on your honour (=promise very strongly) that you will never tell anyone?

Phrasal verbs

swear in  — administer on oath to
swear off  — promise to abstain from

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: swear
he/she/it: swears
present participle: swearing
past tense: swore
past participle: sworn
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