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Meaning of SWEAR

Pronunciation:  swehr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  have confidence or faith in; "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"
  2. [v]  utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
  3. [v]  promise solemnly; take an oath
  4. [v]  to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
  5. [v]  make a deposition; declare under oath

SWEAR is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: affirm, assert, aver, avow, bank, blaspheme, curse, cuss, depone, depose, imprecate, rely, swan, trust, verify
 Antonyms: distrust, mistrust, suspect
 See Also: assure, attest, believe, bet, calculate, claim, count, credit, declare, depend, express, give tongue to, hold, lean, look, protest, reckon, swear off, take, tell, utter, verbalise, verbalize, vow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Swear\, v. i. [imp. {Swore}, formerly {Sware}; p. p.
    {Sworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swearing}.] [OE. swerien, AS.
    swerian; akin to D. zweren, OS. swerian, OHG. swerien, G.
    schw["o]ren, Icel. sverja, Sw. sv["a]rja, Dan. sv[ae]rge,
    Icel. & Sw. svara to answer, Dan. svare, Dan. & Sw. svar an
    answer, Goth. swaran to swear, and perhaps to E. swarm.
    [root]177. Cf. {Answer}.]
    1. 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.
             Ye shall swear by my name falsely.    --Lev. xix.
             I swear by all the Roman gods.        --Shak.
    2. (Law) To give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth
       of a statement; he swore against the prisoner.
    3. 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.
             [I] swore little; diced not above seven times a
             week.                                 --Shak.
    {To swear by}, to place great confidence in a person or
       thing; to trust implicitly as an authority. ``I simply
       meant to ask if you are one of those who swear by Lord
       Verulam.'' --Miss Edgeworth.
    {To swear off}, to make a solemn vow, or a serious
       resolution, to abstain from something; as, to swear off
       smoking. [Slang]
  2. \Swear\, v. t.
    1. 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.
             Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal
             falsely with me.                      --Gen. xxi.
             He swore consent to your succession.  --Shak.
    2. (Law) 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.
    3. To declare or charge upon oath; as, he swore treason
       against his friend. --Johnson.
    4. To appeal to by an oath.
             Now, by Apollo, king, Thou swear'st thy gods in
             vain.                                 --Shak.
    {To swear the peace against one}, to make oath that one is
       under the actual fear of death or bodily harm from the
       person, in which case the person must find sureties that
       he will keep the peace.