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  • 1 swear — [ swer ] (past tense swore [ swɔr ] ; past participle sworn [ swɔrn ] ) verb ** 1. ) intransitive to use words that are deliberately offensive, for example because you are angry with someone: That s the first time I ve ever heard him swear. swear …

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  • 2 swear — S2 [sweə US swer] v past tense swore [swo: US swo:r] past participle sworn [swo:n US swo:rn] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(offensive language)¦ 2¦(promise)¦ 3¦(state the truth)¦ 4 somebody could have sworn (that) ... 5¦(public promise)¦ 6 swear somebody to… …

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  • 3 swear — ► VERB (past swore; past part. sworn) 1) state or promise solemnly or on oath. 2) compel to observe a certain course of action: I am sworn to secrecy. 3) use offensive or obscene language, especially to express anger. ● swear blind Cf. ↑ …

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  • 4 Swear — 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… …

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  • 5 Swear — 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. [1913 Webster] Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me. Gen. xxi. 23.… …

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  • 6 swear — vb swore, sworn, swear·ing [Old English swerian] vt 1: to utter or take solemnly swear an oath 2 a: to assert as true or promise under oath a sworn affidavit …

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  • 7 swear — [swer] vi. swore, sworn, swearing [ME swerien < OE swerian, akin to Ger schwören < IE base * swer , to speak > OSlav svariti, to revile] 1. to make a solemn declaration with an appeal to God or to something held sacred for confirmation… …

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  • 8 Swear — may refer to: * Swearing: to utter an oath or Profanity * The Swear (band) * Swear , a single by Sheena Easton * Swear , a 1980s single by Tim Scott / Tim Scott McConnell * SWEAR or S***R, the London based footwear brand. Check their official… …

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  • 9 swear to — To affirm or identify on oath • • • Main Entry: ↑swear * * * ˈswear to [transitive] usually in negatives [present tense I/you/we/they swear to he/she/it swears to …

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  • 10 swear — [v1] declare under oath affirm, assert, attest, avow, covenant, cross one’s heart*, depend on, depose, give one’s word*, give witness, have confidence in, maintain, make an affidavit, pledge oneself, plight, promise, rely on, say so*, state,… …

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  • 11 swear — O.E. swerian take an oath (class VI strong verb; past tense swor, pp. sworen), from P.Gmc. *swarjanan, from root *swar (Cf. O.S. swerian, O.N. sverja, Dan. sverge, O.Fris. swera, M.Du. swaren, O.H.G. swerien, Ger. schwören, Goth …

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  • 12 swear in — vt: to induct into office by administration of an oath Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. swear in …

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  • 13 swear\ in — • swear in(to) v To have a person swear or promise to do his duty as a member or an officer of an organization, government department, or similar group. Swear into is used when the name of the group is given. Mary and Ann will be sworn into the… …

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  • 14 swear by — (something) to strongly believe in something. Though there s no scientific evidence for this method of finding water, some farmers swear by it. Some teachers swear by stickers as a teaching tool and use them to teach kids everything …

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  • 15 swear in — swear (someone) in to get a formal promise from someone to be honest. A ceremony to swear in the new governor took place Wednesday. The witness took the stand after the court clerk swore her in …

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  • 16 swear by — ► swear by informal have or express great confidence in. Main Entry: ↑swear …

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  • 17 swear in — ► swear in admit (someone) to a position or office by directing them to take a formal oath. Main Entry: ↑swear …

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  • 18 swear to — ► swear to give an assurance that something is the case. Main Entry: ↑swear …

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  • 19 swear by — index trust Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 20 swear to — index vouch Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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