swear
swear vb swore, sworn, swear·ing [Old English swerian]
vt
1: to utter or take solemnly
2 a: to assert as true or promise under oath
a sworn affidavit
b: to assert or promise emphatically or earnestly
swore to uphold the constitution
3 a: to put to an oath
b: to bind by an oath
vi: to take an oath

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

swear
I verb adjure, affirm, allege under oath, assert as true, assure, authenticate, aver, avow, bear witness, bind oneself by oath, certify, confirm, declare, declare solemnly, declare true, give a promise, give evidence, give one's word, guarantee, iurare, iureiurando adfirmare, maintain under oath, promise, put one's trust in, state, state under oath, utter an oath, vouch, vow associated concepts: false swearing, public swearing foreign phrases:
- In judicio non credltur nisi juratis. — In a court of justice no one is given credence who is not sworn
II index acknowledge (declare), assure (insure), attest, avouch (avow), avow, bear (adduce), certify (attest), depose (testify), evidence, plead (allege in a legal action), promise (vow), testify, witness (attest to)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


swear
v.
To bind oneself or someone else with an oath.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


swear
1) To declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth"). Failure to tell the truth, and to do so knowingly, is the crime of perjury.
2) To administer an oath to a witness that he or she will tell the truth, which is done by a notary public, a court clerk, a court reporter, or anyone authorized by law to administer oaths.
3) To install into office by administering an oath.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

swear
v.
   1) to declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). Failure to tell the truth and do so knowingly is the crime of perjury.
   2) to administer an oath to a witness that he/she will tell the truth, which is done by a notary public, a court clerk, a court reporter or anyone authorized by law to administer oaths.
   3) to install into office by administering an oath.
   4) to use profanity.
   See also: notary, public, oath, perjury

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Swear — Swear, v. t. 1. To utter or affirm with a solemn appeal to God for the truth of the declaration; to make (a promise, threat, or resolve) under oath. [1913 Webster] Swear unto me here by God, that thou wilt not deal falsely with me. Gen. xxi. 23.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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