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English verb: swear

1. swear (communication) utter obscenities or profanities

SamplesThe drunken men were cursing loudly in the street.

Synonymsblaspheme, curse, cuss, imprecate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Verb groupblaspheme

2. swear (communication) to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

SamplesBefore God I swear I am innocent.

ExamplesThey swear that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsaffirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, verify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)declare

Narrower (hyponym)assure, attest, claim, declare, hold, protest, take, tell

3. swear (communication) promise solemnly; take an oath

ExamplesThey swear to move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)vow

4. swear (communication) make a deposition; declare under oath

Synonymsdepone, depose

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)declare

5. swear (cognition) have confidence or faith in

SamplesWe can trust in God.
Rely on your friends.
Bank on your good education.
I swear by my grandmother's recipes.

Synonymsbank, rely, trust

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)believe

Narrower (hyponym)bet, calculate, count, credit, depend, lean, look, reckon

Antonymsdistrust, mistrust, suspect

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