swap

1 of 2

verb

swapped; swapping

transitive verb

1
a
: to give in trade : barter
2
: to take turns in telling
swap stories

intransitive verb

: to make an exchange
swapper noun

swap

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noun

: an act, instance, or process of exchanging one thing for another

Examples of swap in a Sentence

Verb He swapped his cupcake for a candy bar. I swapped seats with my sister so she could see the stage better. I liked her blue notebook and she liked my red one, so we swapped. Noun They made the swap in secret. we made a swap: I'll do the dishes tonight and she'll do them for me tomorrow
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Regardless, the vodka martini strays the least from the classic martini; simply swap out gin for vodka. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Clever edits show Lopez swapping dresses and grooms apace, line dancing with shifting partners as though nothing were amiss. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 Fantastic Four essentially swapped dates with the anti-hero centric Thunderbolts, which now opens in theaters on May 5. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 Our version swaps out the whiskey for cognac as a nod to Roffignac's Gallic heritage and is just as refreshing. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Later that year, at the broadcaster’s Europe Music Awards, Swift swapped a traditional skirt for a shimmering net of handmade silver and green crystals (the David Koma gown was said to be inspired by the late Queen Elizabeth II’s emerald collection). Leah Dolan, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Courtesy Dunkin The most impressive part of the commercial—aside from getting all these celebrities to wear such a bright shade of Pantone—was that Affleck convinced J.Lo to swap her usual bedazzed Starbucks coffee cup for a Dunkin' one. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 12 Feb. 2024 The Twins and Marlins swapped a pair of players who are out of options on Sunday, with the Twins shipping utility player Nick Gordon to Miami and the Marlins sending back left-handed reliever Steven Okert. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 Or swap honeynut squash in for a butternut in your recipes; just pay attention to how many pounds or cups the recipe calls for. Colleen Weeden, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Feb. 2024
Noun
Related article ‘The enemy is amassing’: Ukrainian army officials give unvarnished account of the battlefield Zelensky said 50 prisoner swaps had now taken place since Russia launched its full-scale invasion nearly two years ago, through which Ukraine had brought 3035 soldiers home. Anna Chernova, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Russia and Ukraine exchanged hundreds of prisoners Wednesday, exactly a week after Russia accused Ukraine of shooting down a military plane that Moscow claimed was carrying dozens of Ukrainian POWs being transported to a swap later that day. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 But Kathy Gunn, owner of Midway Community Kitchen in Carrboro, thought why not a soup swap? Bridgette A. Lacy, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Since the November swap, talks over a hostage release had stalled. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 Spring swaps are a useful mod if a particular switch feels or sounds good, but is too heavy or light for your taste. Henri Robbins, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 This hairstyle swap was simply in the name of fashion. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 Chinese official media have described Rocket Force units practicing such swaps, and boasted during a military parade about the missile’s dual convention-nuclear role — the kind of disclosure meant to spook rivals. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The swap proceeded without any new information about who precisely was on board the Russian military plane shot down last week over Russia’s western Belgorod region, near the Ukrainian border. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English swappen to strike; from the practice of striking hands in closing a business deal

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swap was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Swap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swap. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

swap

verb
ˈswäp
swapped; swapping
: to give in exchange : make an exchange : trade
swap noun

Legal Definition

swap

noun
ˈswäp
1
: an exchange of securities
2
: a derivative contract in which two parties (as corporations) agree to exchange rates especially relating to debt

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