I could not find an appropriate meaning of "swear" to explain in the sentence, as it does not make sense in the context .
In the dictionary "swear" means:
- If someone swears, they use language that is considered to be vulgar or offensive, usually because they are angry.
- If you swear to do something, you promise in a serious way that you will do it
- If you say that you swear that something is true or that you can swear to it
But the context is:
"She" is the grandma of Thomas and she practically raised him up ; she missed him so so much that she had been distracted for days since he moved out with his mother, Treena, who went back to university to study. This is the first time Thomas and Treena came back home since they moved out.
Therefore, I could not understand why "she swore". Shouldn't she be happy? What does it mean why did she swear?
Here is the sentence:
On the third Saturday of May, Treena and Thomas came home. My mother was out of the door and up the garden path before they had made it halfway down the street. Thomas, she swore, clutching him to her, had grown several inches in the time they had been away. He had changed, was so grown-up, looked so much the little man.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
could anyone help please?