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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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