TO SWEAR (3)
TO SWEAR (3): meaning and examples
We will finish up our Daily Vitamins about the verb to swear by looking at a few expressions.
Expression 1: to swear by
Meaning: to believe that something is effective.
My father-in-law swears by whiskey as a cure for a cold. However, I've tried drinking whiskey when I have a cold and all it does is make me drunk.
Expression 2: to swear in
Meaning: when someone gives a formal promise in a court of law or at an official political ceremony.
George W. Bush was sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States.
Expression 3: to swear to
Meaning: to be completely certain of something.
I can't swear to it, but I think I saw Felipe yesterday. Isn't he supposed to be in Africa?
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