from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preterit of swear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of swear.

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  • verb Simple past of swear.


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  • You swore -- you never contented yourself with merely saying a thing -- you _swore_ that, as far as lay in your power, you'd make my wretched life pleasant for me.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • Saying Carl Levin swore repeatedly, when he was actually quoting from an email, is like saying an actor playing Hamlet killed somebody with a sword.

    Levin swears repeatedly at Goldman hearing 2010

  • About five years after Klein swore off opinion-based prime-time programming for the network and embarked on a crusade to find an audience more interested in straight news reporting, ratings-parched CNN this past summer started crawling back to dip its dehydrated tongue into the restorative waters of debate TV.

    CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein out, HLN topper Ken Jautz in Lisa de Moraes 2010

  • He has since acknowledged that he followed too closely the advice of his consultants during that campaign, and - before he started to scoff at the idea of running again - swore that if he ever did so, he would speak his mind.

    May 2006 2006

  • The captain swore that these cartridges were to be utilized for shooting snipe in the West Indies, and we refused to believe it.

    The Relation of the United States to the Issues of the War 1916

  • But the robber captain swore he was the most constant of men; yet still the fairy sighed and sighed, until he almost wished his nose had been shortened too.

    Tales of the Punjab 1894

  • Delhi’s credibility is badly dented after it time and again swore that it never provided SL with arms, but SL’s victory parade featured the Indian radars, Bofors guns, two war ships given by India anchored in the Colombo harbor and more.

    Global Voices in English » Sri Lanka: Abuse, Disbelief And Bitterness Persist 2009

  • Obviously I swore, which is bang out of order and I apologise again for that, but I still stand by the rest of the things I said. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph Telegraph Staff 2011

  • It was an intelligent jury, and in my address to them, I appealed to their honour, as men of character, whether they could conscientiously give a verdict of any damage, when the only witness called swore that there was not a _thousandth part_ of a farthing damage done?

    Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. — Volume 2 Henry Hunt 1804

  • The next witness who was called swore that he was a surgeon, that he lived at Amesbury, the adjoining town; that he had attended

    Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. — Volume 2 Henry Hunt 1804


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