To take an oath, judicially administered. 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.
- vb. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed; to make a promise, threat, or resolve on oath; also, to affirm solemnly by some sacred object, or one regarded as sacred, as the Bible, the Koran, etc.
- (Law) To give evidence on oath; as, to swear to the truth of a statement; he swore against the prisoner. To make an appeal to God in an irreverent manner; to use the name of God or sacred things profanely; to call upon God in imprecation; to curse. To swear by, to place great confidence in a person or thing; to trust implicitly as an authority.
- To swear off, to make a solemn vow, or a serious resolution, to abstain from something; as, to swear off smoking.
- vb. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make ...