swear off


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Related to swear off: declare under oath

swear

 (swâr)
v. swore (swôr), sworn (swôrn), swear·ing, swears
v.intr.
1. To make a solemn declaration, invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing, in confirmation of and witness to the honesty or truth of such a declaration.
2. To make a solemn promise; vow.
3. To use obscene or blasphemous language; curse.
4. Law To commit oneself by oath to giving evidence or testimony that is truthful.
v.tr.
1.
a. To declare or affirm solemnly by invoking a deity or a sacred person or thing: swore on the Bible that he would tell the truth.
b. To say or affirm earnestly and with great conviction: I swear that I will pay you back.
2. To promise or pledge with a solemn oath; vow: He swore to do his duty. See Synonyms at promise.
3. To utter or bind oneself to (an oath).
4. Law To administer a legal oath to: All the witnesses have been sworn.
n.
A swearword.
Phrasal Verbs:
swear at
To use vulgar language against; curse:
swear by
1. To have great reliance on or confidence in: He swears by his personal physician.
2. To have reliable knowledge of; be sure of: I think she left early, but I couldn't swear by it.
3. To take an oath by: He swore by all the angels and saints of heaven.
swear in
To administer a legal or official oath to: swear in a mayor.
swear off Informal
To pledge to renounce or give up: She has sworn off cigarettes.
swear out Law
1. To attest to (an affidavit or complaint) by oath.
2. To swear to evidence under oath in order to obtain (a warrant for arrest).

[Middle English sweren, from Old English swerian; see swer- in Indo-European roots.]

swear′er n.

swear off

vb
(intr, preposition) to promise to abstain from (something): to swear off drink.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.swear off - promise to abstain from; "I have sworn off cigarettes altogether"
promise, assure - make a promise or commitment

swear

verb
1. To guarantee by a solemn promise:
Idiom: give one's word of honor.
2. To use profane or obscene language:
Informal: cuss.
3. To give evidence or testimony under oath:
Law: depone, depose.
Idioms: bear witness, take the stand.
phrasal verb
swear off
Informal. To cease trying to accomplish or continue:
Slang: lay off.
Translations

w>swear off

vi +prep obj (inf)abschwören (+dat)
References in classic literature ?
With respect to their public assemblies, in having them open to all, but in fining the rich only, or others very little, for not attending; with respect to offices, in permitting the poor to swear off, but not granting this indulgence to those who are within the census; with respect to their courts of justice, in fining the rich for non-attendance, but the poor not at all, or those a great deal, and these very little, as was done by the laws of Charondas.
As for Nigel Farage, he's sworn off the demon drink for January - but wouldn't it be better for the common good if he could swear off the political poison too?
The incident reportedly caused him to decide to swear off alcohol at least until his pregnant girlfriend, Kourtney Kardashian, gives birth in December.
So I wouldn't swear off that or say that's what I want again," she added.
Tragedy has forced 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever.
And if you tune in on Monday, you'll be likely to swear off them for life.
So, did she swear off Italian for good since completing the film?