swap

verb
\ ˈswäp How to pronounce swap (audio) \
swapped; swapping

Definition of swap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to make an exchange

swap

noun

Definition of swap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from swap

Verb

swapper noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pair would then swap roles until a new general election in 2025. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 The pair would then swap roles until a new general election in 2025. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Free deepfake programs that can seamlessly swap one person’s face onto someone else in a video scene have proliferated with advances in AI. Will Knight, Wired, 19 May 2021 Cleveland could soon swap Tankathon spots with any of them. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Some Maryland inmates could soon swap their orange jumpsuits for caps and gowns under a new program at one of the nation's most prestigious universities — where tuition costs law-abiding students upward of $60,000 per year. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2021 But Charles Oti would swap places with them in a heartbeat. Kieron Monks, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 Cash-out refis let borrowers essentially swap their current mortgage with a fresh one that has a higher balance and, potentially, a lower interest rate. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Many extension employees and volunteers are avid cooks who like to test and swap recipes, Mosbacher says. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amenadiel takes the opportunity to beg God to make a swap: let Charlie be an angel while Amenadiel will become human. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 28 May 2021 Chicago also made a pitching swap for its starter for Thursday's day game. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Zucchini noodles make a great swap for spaghetti and lasagna in many recipes, helping to keep blood sugar levels at bay and limit blood sugar spikes from excessive refined carbohydrates. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2021 Perhaps one of them will be motivated to make a swap during the draft. John Perrotto, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The Town of Merrillville and Merrillville Conservancy District are doing a swap with the end result aimed at alleviating backups in some Turkey Creek basements. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2021 But Cleveland has made its intentions clear on Andre Drummond, sitting him until finding a swap -- or negotiating a buyout. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 6 Mar. 2021 Maybe, in that world, the Cowboys and Seahawks decide to execute a swap after June 1. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2021 Joan Cichalski of Little Silver, New Jersey, has been doing a swap with a group of East Coast college friends almost every year since 1969. Casey Barber, CNN, 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of swap

Verb

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

Noun

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swap

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for swap

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

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Last Updated

14 Jun 2021

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“Swap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swap. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for swap

swap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal
: to give something to someone and receive something in return : to trade or exchange (things)
: to replace (something) with something else

swap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swap (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of giving or taking one thing in return for another thing : a trade or exchange

swap

verb
\ ˈswäp How to pronounce swap (audio) \
swapped; swapping

Kids Definition of swap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give in exchange : make an exchange : trade

swap

noun

Kids Definition of swap (Entry 2 of 2)

swap

noun
\ ˈswäp \

Legal Definition of swap

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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