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 Tear and Love Yourself: Her, swap spots with one another, with the former stepping up from No. 6 to No. 5, while the latter release does exactly the opposite. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, "BTS Command 70% Of The Top 10 On The World Albums Chart," 17 Apr. 2021 Customers are able to skip weeks, swap recipes and cancel anytime. oregonlive, "Is it time to shed some pandemic pounds and that built-up stress? 10 smart ways to eat, sleep better and build a workout plan before summer arrives," 6 Apr. 2021 The report alleges the United States was pressured during negotiations for the eventual prisoner swap to exchange Levinson for Ali Reza Asgari, a top Iranian general, who was reported to have fled the country with CIA help. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Still no answers about American hostage Robert Levinson, spy named in Matt Gaetz scandal," 1 Apr. 2021 But on this morning, swap spreads were wildly oscillating over a range of 20 points . . . Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Unwinding of Bill Hwang’s Archegos Has Few Systemic Implications," 30 Mar. 2021 Throughout the new series -- hosted by South African actress Leandie du Randt -- there will be regular recouplings, which will allow the islanders to choose to remain with their current partner or swap suitors when new islanders enter the villla. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "'Love Island South Africa' cast is announced -- with only 3 Black contestants," 1 Mar. 2021 Thousands of Minnesotans scour social media, swap tips on Facebook or drive their grandparents across state lines in search of vaccine. Star Tribune, "Minnesota churches build faith in COVID-19 vaccine, give shots of hope to those in need," 27 Feb. 2021 In their heyday, Fry’s stores doubled as hangouts for teens and tech types to grab gear and swap notes on do-it-yourself projects, even if the staff was less than helpful. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "'It was a geek paradise': Remembering the quirky appeal of Fry's Electronics," 24 Feb. 2021 For evening, swap those with a metallic box clutch and a sparkling drop earring. Laura Lajiness, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Looks For The Unconventional Bride," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The spot swap also costs the Browns their fifth-round pick (No. 132 overall), giving Jacksonville 11 selections in this year’s draft. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "AL.com NFL Mock Draft 2: Trades, QBs and Alabama," 22 Apr. 2021 Shortly after the swap went into effect on Feb. 4, the S&P 500’s 11-year-old bull market abruptly ended. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Behind the Mysterious Demise of a $1.7 Billion Mutual Fund," 20 Apr. 2021 Jones explained that the property swap includes the city acquiring a wooded area on the Huntington Elementary property, at 1931 Huntington Circle, needed to complete the Plum Creek Greenway trail project. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Brunswick awards $1.5 million contract for 2021 asphalt road paving program," 13 Apr. 2021 That is, providing the Culberson-Swanson body swap doesn’t materialize. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Isiah Kiner-Falefa has made a career of proving doubters wrong, and he just got some extra motivation," 27 Mar. 2021 Thankfully, Monday night's Black Lightning wasted no time offering up an in-story explanation/theory for the actor swap. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "How Black Lightning explained Jennifer's new look," 16 Mar. 2021 The mammoth swap of players and future draft picks also included the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers and required Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince and Rodions Kurucs to change teams. oregonlive, "James Harden blockbuster trade reaction, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s historic night, rookie ladder, next on trade block: NBA news and notes," 14 Jan. 2021 And, of course, when the bottom line underperforms, companies cut back on dividends, which is what the swap markets line is telling us. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The global rally stalls out, but Goldman Sachs is doubling down on value stocks," 7 Dec. 2020 Because the only way the cross could remain was if Sunrise Rock were privately owned, a compromise was arranged: a land swap between the Sandozes and the park service. Los Angeles Times, "For more than 80 years, the faithful have celebrated Easter in the Mojave Desert," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Swap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swap. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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