AskDefine | Define swear

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1 utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street" [syn: curse, cuss, blaspheme, imprecate]
2 to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent" [syn: affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan]
3 promise solemnly; take an oath
4 make a deposition; declare under oath [syn: depose, depone]
5 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" [syn: trust, rely, bank] [ant: distrust, distrust] [also: sworn, swore]

User Contributed Dictionary




From swerian.


  1. A swearword.


  1. To take an oath.
  2. To use offensive language.

Usage notes


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to take an oath
to curse

Extensive Definition

Swear may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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