Translation of swear in Spanish:

swear

(past tense of/pasado de swore past participle of/participio pasado de, sworn)
Pronunciation: /swer; sweə(r)/

vt

  • 1.1 [allegiance/fidelity/revenge] jurar they swore an oath of obedience to their queen juraron obediencia a la reina it's the truth, I swear it es verdad, te lo juro she swears blind she didn't know [colloquial/familiar] jura y perjura que no lo sabía [colloquial/familiar] I could've sworn I left it there hubiera jurado que lo dejé ahí do you swear to tell the truth? ¿jura usted decir la verdad? to swear an affidavit hacer* una declaración jurada
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    • Once there, frightened of Injun Joe, they decided to swear an oath that they won't tell anyone what they just witnessed.
    • Anybody who wants to considered a freeman must swear an oath of loyalty.
    • Among them the fact that it was the judge and jury who swore an oath to render a true and just decision.
    1.2 (bind) [witness/official] (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) tomarle juramento a, juramentar we've all been sworn to secrecy nos han hecho prometer que no diremos nada or que guardaremos el secreto
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    • I have a great deal of power over them, but, like one of those comic-book heroines, I am sworn to use it only for good.
    • There's a great deal more that I wish could say, but I am sworn to secrecy.
    • After all, these millions belong to the stockholders, and board members are sworn to protect their money.

vi

  • 1.1 (vow) jurar 1.2 (curse) decir* palabrotas, soltar* tacos (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], mentar* madres (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] to swear at sb insultar a algn (usando palabrotas)
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    • Nearly everything you wanted to know about bad language, swearing, cursing, foul-mouthed expression - you get the picture - is here.
    • Intersting that 10% of people think the word God is swearing or very offensive language.
    • You have to be there to appreciate fully the effect of an old grey poet and a big grey cat swearing at one another in a language mix that's far from suitable for polite company.
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    • Hidden in the forest, Von Rothbart had secretly overheard Siegfried's promise, and he swore he would stop this love.
    • We were told we could choose to say swear or affirm at one point yet no alternative was given for the last line, which is ‘so help me God’.
    • I do solemnly swear that I will obey all laws commands and dictates of our leader - for he has lovely teeth.

Phrasal verbs

swear by

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
(value highly) [gadget] ser* un entusiasta de; [remedy] tenerle* una fe ciega a

swear in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[jury/witness/president] tomarle juramento a, juramentar she will be sworn in on Monday prestará juramento el lunes

swear off

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
he told me he'd sworn off drink me dijo que (se) había jurado dejar la bebida

swear to

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
I swear to God I never touched it te juro por Dios que no lo toqué I thought I heard a sound, but I couldn't swear to it me pareció oír un ruido, pero no podría jurarlo

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