Definition of Swear

1. Verb. Utter obscenities or profanities. "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"

Exact synonyms: Blaspheme, Curse, Cuss, Imprecate
Related verbs: Blaspheme
Generic synonyms: Express, Give Tongue To, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Curse, Cuss, Swearer, Swearing



2. Verb. To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true. "They swear that there was a traffic accident "; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
Exact synonyms: Affirm, Assert, Aver, Avow, Swan, Verify
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Claim, Take, Attest, Declare, Protest, Assure, Tell
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Affirmation, Affirmation, Affirmer, Assertable, Asserter, Assertion, Averment, Avowal, Avower, Swearer, Swearing

3. Verb. Promise solemnly; take an oath. "They swear to move "
Generic synonyms: Vow
Also: Swear Off
Derivative terms: Swearer

4. Verb. Make a deposition; declare under oath.
Exact synonyms: Depone, Depose
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Deponent, Deposer, Deposition, Swearing

5. Verb. Have confidence or faith in. "Sam cannot swear Sue "; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"
Exact synonyms: Bank, Rely, Trust
Generic synonyms: Believe
Specialized synonyms: Credit, Lean, Bet, Calculate, Count, Depend, Look, Reckon
Derivative terms: Reliance, Reliance, Reliant, Trust
Antonyms: Distrust, Mistrust

Definition of Swear

1. v. i. 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.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Swear

1. Noun. A swearword. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) (transitive) To take an oath. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To use offensive language. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: UK dialectal) Heavy. ¹

5. Adjective. (context: UK dialectal) Top-heavy; too high. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: UK dialectal) Dull; heavy; lazy; slow; reluctant; unwilling. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: UK dialectal) Niggardly. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: UK dialectal) A lazy time; a short rest during working hours (especially field labour); a siesta. ¹

9. Verb. (context: UK dialectal) To be lazy; rest for a short while during working hours. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swear

1. to utter a solemn oath [v SWORE or SWARE, SWORN, SWEARING, SWEARS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swear

swayings
swayl
swayled
swayling
swaylings
swayls
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swazzle
swazzles
sweal
swealed
swealing
swealings
sweals
sweam
swear (current term)
swear by
swear down
swear in
swear like a trooper
swear off
swear on a stack of Bibles
swear out
swear word
swear words
sweard
sweards
sweare
sweared
swearer

Literary usage of Swear

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2001)
"O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled ... Do not swear at all ; Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, ..."

2. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"So are not all people, whatsoever they swear by, to perform their oath unto it that they swear by ? though all those that swear by any thing but the. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"His examination was not read to him [476] and corrected, and he did not sign or swear to it. On the same day the commissioner made a certificate that it ..."

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2001)
"O, swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled ... Do not swear at all ; Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, ..."

5. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"So are not all people, whatsoever they swear by, to perform their oath unto it that they swear by ? though all those that swear by any thing but the. ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"His examination was not read to him [476] and corrected, and he did not sign or swear to it. On the same day the commissioner made a certificate that it ..."

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