UK [fɔː(r)ˈsweə(r)] / US [fɔrˈswer] verb [transitive]
Word forms "forswear":
present tense I/you/we/they forswear he/she/it forswears present participle forswearing past tense forswore UK [fɔː(r)ˈswɔː(r)] / US [fɔrˈswɔr] past participle forsworn UK [fɔː(r)ˈswɔː(r)n] / US [fɔrˈswɔrn] very formal
to agree to give up something or ro stop doing something

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  • forswear — for·swear /fōr swar/ vb swore / swōr/, sworn, / swōrn/, swear·ing vt 1: to reject, renounce, or deny under oath 2: to renounce earnestly vi: to swear falsely: commit false swearing …   Law dictionary

  • Forswear — For*swear , v. t. [imp. {Forswore}; p. p. {Forsworn}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forswearing}.] [OE. forsweren, forswerien, AS. forswerian; pref. for + swerian to swear. See {For }, and {Swear}, v. i.] 1. To reject or renounce upon oath; hence, to renounce …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — ► VERB (past forswore; past part. forsworn) formal 1) agree to give up or do without. 2) (forswear oneself/be forsworn) commit perjury …   English terms dictionary

  • forswear — [fôr swer′] vt. forswore [fôr′swôr′] forsworn, forswearing [ME forswerien < OE forswerian: see FOR & SWEAR] 1. to renounce on oath; promise earnestly to give up 2. to deny earnestly or on oath vi. to swear falsely; commit perjury …   English World dictionary

  • Forswear — For*swear , v. i. To swear falsely; to commit perjury. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forswear — (v.) O.E. forswerian swear falsely, also abandon or renounce on oath, from for completely + swerian to swear. Related: Foreswore; foresworn …   Etymology dictionary

  • forswear — 1 *abjure, renounce, recant, retract Analogous words: *abandon, desert, forsake: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE): *deny, contravene, traverse, gainsay 2 *peijure …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forswear — [v] abandon, disavow abjure, deny, disclaim, disown, drop, forgo, forsake, give up, recall, recant, reject, renege, renounce, repudiate, retract, swear off, take back, withdraw; concepts 44,54 Ant. go back to, revert …   New thesaurus

  • forswear — forswearer, n. /fawr swair /, v., forswore, forsworn, forswearing. v.t. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). v.i. 4. to swear falsely; commit perjury.… …   Universalium

  • forswear — [[t]fɔː(r)swe͟ə(r)[/t]] forswears, forswearing, forswore, forsworn VERB If you forswear something, you promise that you will stop doing it, having it, or using it. [FORMAL or LITERARY] [V n] The party was offered a share of government if it… …   English dictionary

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