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Definition of "swear" []

  • To make a solemn declaration, invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing, in confirmation of and witness to the honesty or truth of such a declaration. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a solemn promise; vow. (verb-intransitive)
  • To use profane oaths; curse. (verb-intransitive)
  • Law To give evidence or testimony under oath. (verb-intransitive)
  • To declare or affirm solemnly by invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swear" in a sentence
  • "Now thats what I call a swear word he must have been a brave lad and New that Brownie would use it."
  • "Comments posted to BBC blogs will be removed if they are considered likely to provoke, attack or offend others; are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable; are considered to have been posted with an intention to disrupt; contain swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other language likely to offend."
  • "I have a 4 year old Boykin that I would swear is part mule."