\ 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



Definition of swap (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from swap


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The final five cooks swap recipes and prepare each other’s dishes; the contestants must come up with a fusion dish that represents their American story. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 The Roths have been waging a campaign for the extradition of Ahlam Tamimi since she was released by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap with the Hamas militant group. Josef Federman, ajc, 10 July 2022 This wouldn't be the first time the United States and Russia did a prisoner swap. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 7 July 2022 When Brittney Griner pleaded guilty Thursday to drug possession in a Russian court, hopes rose that her months of detention could soon be over, either through a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap or a pardon from President Vladimir Putin. Jim Heintz, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 In April, the U.S. successfully negotiated the return of former Marine Trevor Reed, who was serving a nine-year sentence in Russia, via prisoner swap. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Many parents have joined social media groups to sell and swap formula, including Bergeron herself, who ended up meeting Leann Westman, another mom. Fox News, 30 June 2022 This is the 11th prisoner swap to take place between Russia and Ukraine since the start of the war. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 28 June 2022 As fighting continues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said Moscow was willing to consider a potential prisoner swap with Kyiv, but only after legal proceedings directed at Ukrainian prisoners are finished. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At home, Jane Fogel listens to talk of a prisoner swap and fights the urge to get her hopes too high. Manuel Roig-franzia, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 His conviction sparked intense speculation in Russian media in 2020 of a possible prisoner swap, but nothing came of it. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Trials in Russia proceed even after a guilty plea, and there has been speculation that her admission was a bid to move the legal process along in hopes of a possible prisoner swap. Vladimir Isachenkov, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 Reed was ultimately freed on April 27 as part of a prisoner swap agreed between the United States and Russia. Stephanie Ferguson, ABC News, 8 July 2022 Around the same time, Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina is due to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle to the station as part of the seat swap. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 Thursday's 4-3 decision reversed a decision by the Court of Appeals, which had ruled the Friends of the Black River Forest could advance its challenge of the land swap. Bruce Vielmetti, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 Coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk are some of the most popular swap-ins for getting that rich and creamy ice cream taste without dairy. Casey Barber, CNN, 17 July 2022 As head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, Oleg Buryak leaned on his government connections, desperate to set up a prisoner swap. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swap


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


1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swap


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

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More Definitions for swap


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

Kids Definition of swap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give in exchange : make an exchange : trade



Kids Definition of swap (Entry 2 of 2)


\ 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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