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past tense swore past participle sworn
American English: /swɛr/
British English: /swɛː/

Translation of swear in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1
    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]
    jura y perjura que no lo sabía [colloquial]
    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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (bind) (witness/official) (usually passive)
    tomarle juramento a
    we've all been sworn to secrecy
    nos han hecho prometer que no diremos nada or que guardaremos el secreto
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (vow)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (curse)
    decir palabrotas
    soltar tacos (Spain) [colloquial]
    mentar madres (Mexico) [colloquial]
    to swear at somebody
    insultar a alguien (usando palabrotas)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

swear by

verb + preposition + object
(value highly)
ser un entusiasta de
tenerle una fe ciega a

swear in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
tomarle juramento a
she will be sworn in on Monday
prestará juramento el lunes

swear off

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

swear to

verb + preposition + object
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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