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Definition of oath noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. oaths
    , NAmE//oʊθs//
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  1. 1a formal promise to do something or a formal statement that something is true to take/swear an oath of allegiance Before giving evidence, witnesses in court have to take the oath (= promise to tell the truth). All members had to swear a solemn oath never to reveal the secrets of the organization. You are bound by oath to tell the truth. Topic CollocationsVoting in Electionsrunning for election conduct/hold an election/a referendum run for office/election/governor/mayor/president/the White House enter/run in/withdraw from the primary/Senate/gubernatorial race represent the Democrats/the Republican Party hold/contest a local/mid-term/primary/national election launch/run a presidential (election) campaign support/back a candidate sway/convince/persuade voters/the electorate appeal to/attract/woo/target/pander to swing voters fix/rig/steal an election/the votevoting go to/be turned away from a polling place/station cast a/your vote/ballot (for somebody) vote for the Republican candidate/the Democratic ticket mark/spoil your ballot paper count the early/absentee ballots go to/be defeated at the ballot box get/win/receive/lose votes get/win (60% of) the popular/black/Hispanic/Latino vote win power/the election/the primary/a senate seat/a majority lose an election/the vote/your majority/your seat win/come to power in a landslide (victory) (= with many more votes than any other party) elect/reelect somebody (as) mayor/president/congressman/congresswoman/a Senator/a Representativetaking power be sworn into office/in as president take/administer the oath of office give/deliver the inaugural address take/enter/hold/leave office appoint somebody (as) ambassador/governor/minister/a federal judge/a Supreme Court justice form a government/a cabinet serve two terms as president/in office ⇨ more collocations at economy, politics
  2. 2(old-fashioned) an offensive word or phrase used to express anger, surprise, etc.; a swear word She heard the sound of breaking glass, followed by a muttered oath.
  3. Idioms
    under oath (law)
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    having made a formal promise to tell the truth in court Is she prepared to give evidence under oath? The judge reminded the witness that he was still under oath. You have sworn under oath that you never met this man.
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