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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.

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So hot was the story that some news outlets, including as KTHV-TV, Channel 11, had sworn off any speculation until an official word from the UA was handed down.
How about those lower premiums, now that the firms have sworn off lining their pockets with extra layers of commissions that carriers don't have to pay?
Audre has a crush on Griffin, an employee at The Book Nook where the group will meet; Scott has sworn off love as he has just broken up with his boyfriend; and Norah has as much luck with romance as she has had with extracurricular activities--so all three are able to give the group lots of their time.
And, even though he'd sworn off buying another fixer-upper, Malouf decided he would save the home and restore the castle to its former glory.
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The oddity of course, is that if Conrad could have just sworn off the diamonds he would have been an agreeable publisher.
Obviously, avoid garlic, onions and other bad breath-causing foods, and skip any meals that could upset your stomach (we've sworn off fettuccine Alfredo).
Tracey was a commodities broker who had sworn off dairy products and meat.