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1swear/ˈsweɚ/verb
swearsswore/ˈswoɚ/sworn/ˈswoɚn/swearing
1swear
/ˈsweɚ/
verb
swearsswore/ˈswoɚ/sworn/ˈswoɚn/swearing
Learner's definition of SWEAR  
: to state (something) very strongly and sincerely
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  : to promise very strongly and sincerely to do or not do something
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object]  : to use offensive words when you speak — often + at
: to make a formal or official promise especially in a court of law
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to cause (someone) to make a promise — often used as (be) sworn

I swear

informal
— used for emphasis

swear by

[phrasal verb]
swear by (something) 
: to have or express a lot of confidence in (something) : to say that (something) is very good or useful

swear in

[phrasal verb]
swear (someone) in or swear in (someone) 
: to place (someone) in a new office or position by having an official ceremony in which that person makes a formal promise to do the work properly, to be honest and loyal, etc. — often used as (be) sworn in
— see also swearing-in

swear off

[phrasal verb]
swear off (something)chiefly US 
: to stop doing, having, or being involved in (something)
— see also sworn
2swear/ˈsweɚ/noun
pluralswears
2swear
/ˈsweɚ/
noun
pluralswears
Learner's definition of SWEAR  
[count]US, informal
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