Definition of swear to in English:

swear to

phrasal verb

  • usually with negative Express one's assurance that something is the case.

    ‘I couldn't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure it's his writing’
    • ‘One well-known local trainer drops in with a lorry full of runners at least every ten days, swearing to the benefits of the facility, while a number closer to Duninga use the gallops on a daily basis.’
    • ‘During this trip Norman writers maintain that he swore to support William's claim to the English throne.’
    • ‘But he swears to this day that one crucial piece of evidence was planted - a half-kilo of a highly restricted chemical found in a wall vent of his house.’
    • ‘According to Pam, Jack admitted it and swore to never lay a hand on the girl again.’
    • ‘The republican edifice you swore to tear down is severely weakened.’
    • ‘I left halfway through, swearing to myself that I would never ever show up to this class without checking to make sure we're doing something new.’
    • ‘Tommy swore to prove him wrong and went on to win the world exhibition dancing title in Paris and the regional British championship six years running.’
    • ‘Each swears to wring the neck of the other and the result is a bloody one-to-one within the prison walls.’
    • ‘Rather than regret those choices, I swore to myself I would learn from their consequences.’
    • ‘When Allan went to jail on fraud and theft charges, Elna swore to wear black every day until his release.’
    • ‘Saakashvili swore to achieve ‘integrity, reconstruction, unification’ for Georgia.’
    • ‘It is actually part of a response Hamlet makes to an exclamation of Horatio's, after Hamlet has talked with his father's ghost, and before Horatio swears to keep the secret of the ghost.’
    • ‘She swore, and swears to this day, that there was no man involved.’
    • ‘He was only allowed to return to India when he swore to the authorities that he would not indulge in any political activities there.’
    • ‘Already his followers are swearing to avenge his death and I shudder to think of the next group of victims.’
    • ‘I ask all of you that are against this war to keep supporting our troops who are doing their duty as they swore to do.’
    • ‘Remember when you clutched your loved ones and swore to live each day to the fullest and be thankful for life and everything in it?’
    • ‘I honestly worked hard and put my reputation on the line, swearing to my referrals that this was not a scam.’
    • ‘By this, an individual swears to renounce foreign allegiances, support the constitution and serve the US - including fighting in the armed forces if necessary.’
    • ‘As the occupation in the south continued, she swore to marry a fighter one day - a severely wounded fighter.’
    certify, corroborate, confirm, verify, substantiate, document, authenticate, give proof of, provide evidence of, evidence, demonstrate, evince, display, exhibit, show, manifest, prove, endorse, back up, support, guarantee
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