swear


swear
v.

1) to swear solemnly

2) (B) ('to promise solemnly') they swore allegiance to the government

3) (D) intr.) ('to curse') to swear at (he swore at them)

4) (d; intr.) ('to rely completely') to swear by (everyone swears by her remedy for a cold)

5) (d; intr.) to swear to ('to confirm solemnly') (to swear to the truth of a statement)

6) (d; tr.) ('to bind solemnly') to swear to (to swear smb. to secrecy)

7) (E) ('to promise solemnly') she swore to tell the truth

8) (L; to) ('to promise solemnly') she swore (to us) that she would tell the truth

9) (misc.) to swear on the Bible; to swear like a trooper ('to use obscene language freely'); to swear smb. into office

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[sweə]
to swear smb. into office
to swear like a trooper ('to use obscene language freely')
(B) ('to promise solemnly') they swore allegiance to the government
(E) ('to promise solemnly') she swore to tell the truth
(L; to) ('to promise solemnly') she swore (to us) that she would tell the truth
(misc.) to swear on the Bible
to swear solemnly
(d; intr.) ('to rely completely') to swear by (everyone swears by her remedy for a cold)
(D; intr.) ('to curse') to swear at (he swore at them)
(d; tr.) ('to bind solemnly') to swear to (to swear smb. to secrecy)
(d; intr.) to swear to (to swear to the truth of a statement; 'to confirm solemnly')

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