Translation of "swear" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /sweər/ us /swer/ swore, sworn

swear verb (USE RUDE WORDS)

B2 [ I ] to use words that are rude or offensive as a way of emphasizing what you mean or as a way of insulting someone or something

It was a real shock, the first time I heard my mother swear. 我第一次听见母亲骂人时觉得非常震惊。
When the cab driver started to swear at him, he walked away. 当出租车司机开口骂他的时候,他干脆走开了。

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swear verb (PROMISE)

B2 [ I or T ] to promise or say firmly that you are telling the truth or that you will do something or behave in a particular way

I don't know anything about what happened, I swear (it). 我发誓我对所发生的事一无所知。
[ + (that) ] You might find it difficult to believe, but I swear (that) the guy just came up to me and gave me the money. 你可能觉得这难以置信,但我发誓,那个人确实走过来把这些钱给了我。
UK informal She swore blind (= promised definitely) (that) she didn't know what had happened to the money. 她信誓旦旦地说她不知道钱哪儿去了。
[ + to infinitive ] New gang members must swear to obey the gang leaders at all times. 新的帮会成员必须发誓在任何时候都服从帮会头目。
In some countries, witnesses in court have to swear on the Bible. 在有些国家,出庭证人必须手按《圣经》宣誓。
I swore an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 我发誓我说的都是实情,绝无半点谎言。
A few of us knew what was going to happen, but we were sworn to secrecy (= we were made to promise to keep it a secret). 我们有几个人知道将要发生什么事,但我们已经发过誓要对此保密。
I think his birthday is on the 5th, but I wouldn't/couldn't swear to it (= I am not completely certain about it). 我想他的生日是5号,但我并不完全肯定。

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  • He swore he would avenge his brother's death.
  • He swore he'd pay her back for all she'd done to him.
  • Soldiers must swear allegiance to the Crown.
  • I swear to God I didn't know about it.
  • I want you to swear that you will never try to see her again.

(Translation of “swear” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)