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swear
prét swore pp sworn
British English: /swɛː/
American English: /swɛr/

Translation of swear in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (gen) (Law) (promise)
    jurer (loyalty, allegiance, revenge)
    to swear (an oath of) allegiance to
    faire serment d'allégeance à
    I swear!, I swear it!
    [formal]
    je le jure!
    I swear to God, I didn't know
    je ne le savais pas, je le jure
    to swear to do to swear (that)
    jurer que
    he swore he'd never write again/never to write again
    il a juré qu'il n'écrirait plus jamais/de ne plus jamais écrire
    I could have sworn she was there
    j'aurais juré qu'elle y était
    to swear to somebody that …
    jurer à quelqu'un que …
    I swear by all that I hold dear that …
    je jure sur la tête de tous ceux que j'aime que …
    to swear blind (that) (informal)

    jurer sur sa tête que
  • 2 (by solemn oath) to swear somebody to secrecy
    faire jurer le secret à quelqu'un
    she had been sworn to secrecy
    on lui avait fait jurer le secret
    to be sworn to do
    avoir prêté serment de faire
    to be sworn into office
  • 3 (curse) ‘damn!’ he swore
    ‘bon Dieu!’ jura-t-il
    to swear at
    pester contre
    to be ou get sworn at

intransitive verb

  • 1 (curse) she swore loudly
    elle a lâché un juron
    he never swears
    il ne dit jamais de gros mots
    to swear in front of
    dire de gros mots devant
    stop swearing!
    arrête de jurer!, ne sois pas si grossier!
  • 2 (attest) to swear to having done
    jurer d'avoir fait
    would he swear to having seen them?
    est-ce qu'il pourrait jurer de les avoir vus?
    I wouldn't ou couldn't swear to it
    je n'en jurerais pas
    to swear on
    jurer sur (Bible, honour)

Phrasal verbs

swear by

(informal)
swear by [something/somebody]
ne jurer que par (remedy, electrician)

swear in

swear in [somebody], swear [somebody] in
faire prêter serment à (jury, witness)
to be sworn in

swear off

swear off [something]
renoncer à (alcohol, smoking)

swear out

(American English) (Law)to swear out a warrant for somebody's arrest
accuser quelqu'un sous serment pour obtenir un mandat d'arrêt

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