swear

[c]/swɛə / (say swair)

verb (swore or, Archaic, sware, sworn, swearing)
verb (i)
1. to make a solemn declaration with an appeal to God or some superhuman being in confirmation of what is declared; make affirmation in a solemn manner by some sacred being or object, as the deity or the Bible
2. to engage or promise on oath or in a solemn manner (to do something); vow; bind oneself by oath: to swear to uphold the law.
3. (sometimes followed by to) to give evidence or make any statement on oath or by solemn declaration.
4. to use profane or taboo oaths or language, as in imprecation or anger or for mere emphasis.
verb (t)
5. to declare or affirm by swearing by a deity, some sacred object, etc.
6. to affirm or say with solemn earnestness or great emphasis.
7. to promise or undertake on oath or in a solemn manner; vow.
8. to testify or state on oath or by solemn declaration; make oath to (something stated or alleged).
9. to take (an oath), as in order to give solemnity or force to a declaration, promise, etc.
10. (sometimes followed by to) to administer an oath to; bind by an oath: to swear someone to secrecy.
noun
11. Colloquial the act of swearing or cursing.
phrase
12. swear at, to speak to with curses or blasphemies; abuse.
13. swear by,
a. to name (some sacred being or thing, etc.) as one's witness or guarantee in swearing.
b. to rely on; have confidence in.
14. swear in, to admit to office or service by administering an oath.
15. swear off, Colloquial to promise to give up (something, especially intoxicating drink).
16. swear out, to secure (a warrant for arrest) by making an accusation under oath.
{Middle English swere(n), Old English swerian}
swearer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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