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swear

v. 1) to declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). Failure to tell the truth, and do so knowingly, is the crime of perjury. 2) to administer an oath to a witness that he/she will tell the truth, which is done by a notary public, a court clerk, a court reporter, or anyone authorized by law to administer oaths. 3) to install into office by administering an oath. 4) to use profanity. (See: oath, perjury, notary public)

swear

verb adjure, affirm, allege under oath, assert as true, assure, authenticate, aver, avow, bear witness, bind oneself by oath, certify, confirm, declare, declare solemnly, declare true, give a promise, give evidence, give one's word, guarantee, iurare, iureiurando adfirmare, maintain under oath, promise, put one's trust in, state, state under oath, utter an oath, vouch, vow
Associated concepts: false swearing, public swearing
Foreign phrases: In judicio non creditur nisi juratis.In a court of justice no one is given credence who is not sworn.
See also: acknowledge, adduce, assure, attest, avouch, avow, bear, certify, declare, depose, evidence, plead, promise, testify, vow, witness

swear

to take an oath.

TO SWEAR. To take an oath, judicially administered. Vide Affirmation; Oath.
     2. To swear also signifies to use such profane language as is forbidden by law. This is generally punished by statutory provisions in the several states.

References in classic literature ?
If you please, miss, the gipsy declares that there is another young single lady in the room who has not been to her yet, and she swears she will not go till she has seen all.
But I'll not do anything, though you should swear your tongue out, except what I please
He swear much, and he red face and loud of voice, but he good fellow all the same.
I don't so much mind hearing an old cat swear, but I can't bear to see a mere kitten give way to it.
This is a most extraordinary thing," said the inspector, "I could swear that these marks were not here yesterday evening.
Take care of it,' said he, 'and don't let it go near the rabbit-warren, for the gamekeeper swears he'll shoot it if he sees it there again: he would have done so to-day, if I had not been in time to stop him.
Again, forget not that thou be Leicester's daughter and Henry's niece; against both of whom the Outlaw of Torn openly swears his hatred and his vengeance.
Sam has been up and swears we must clear out to-morrow.
He swears, he smokes, he drinks, he has fought with his fists (he has told me so, and he likes it; he says so).
Bruce sticks to his story; Bruce swears he saw the man writing on the captain's slate.
I on the contrary affirm that I am still blind; for when I lost the use of my eyes, I saw in my house various chattels and valuable goods: but now, though he swears I am cured of my blindness, I am not able to see a single thing in it.
Now, look-a-here, Tom, less take and swear to one another -- that's what we got to do -- swear to keep mum.