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 Vegetarian households can still order the full meal and swap out the brisket for a kabocha squash casserole and the chicken broth in favor of porcini broth in the matzo ball soup. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "9 Bay Area restaurants serving Hanukkah feasts for takeout," 3 Dec. 2020 Or swap the large bird for smaller options, such as a roast chicken, Cornish hens, duck or quail. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Thanksgiving 2020: How to celebrate safely and smoothly," 19 Nov. 2020 If your box mix calls for water or milk, simply swap out the liquids for kefir. Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Tips for Better Boxed Pancakes," 30 Dec. 2020 The poppyseed and matcha cakes can also be made vegan; simply swap in alt-milk and oil for cow’s milk and butter. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "These Cakes Are So Luxe, No One Will Believe They Came From a Box," 28 Dec. 2020 If someone accidentally takes a swim, swap their wet clothes out for the dry ones. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ducks in a Winter Storm and Live to Tell About It," 24 Dec. 2020 As a result, the airline didn’t swap out planes but offered other passengers the choice of continuing on or taking a later flight to Los Angeles. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Passenger Who Died on United Flight Had Covid-19, Coroner Says," 22 Dec. 2020 While most of last season’s core has returned, the Heat did swap out Jae Crowder, Derrick Jones Jr. and Solomon Hill for Avery Bradley, Maurice Harkless and first-round pick Precious Achiuwa. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat’s Jimmy Butler says he has no time for your consolation or concern, only is looking ahead," 7 Dec. 2020 Much of England will swap lockdown for less stringent coronavirus restrictions, after Parliament approved new rules on Tuesday despite a substantial revolt among lawmakers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. New York Times, "In England, Rumbles of Discontent as Parliament Votes to Exit Lockdown," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The date is important because the land swap becomes final 60 days after the report is issued. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Apache group sues to stop Oak Flat land swap, site of a planned copper mine," 13 Jan. 2021 You're probably used to the mobile version of this incredibly popular messaging app, but the desktop version is a good temporary Slack swap, too. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What to Do When Slack Is Down," 4 Jan. 2021 This can't be a palette swap of the Peter Parker game. Star Tribune, "In 'Spider-Man: Miles Morales' video game, Harlem is more than a backdrop," 28 Dec. 2020 The presidential proclamation establishing the monument directed the secretary of the Interior to explore a land swap with Utah. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah criticized for selling oil and gas leases in the original Bears Ears monument," 26 Dec. 2020 The Municipal Plaza Building, the San Fernando gym and parking lots were among the properties Weston Urban acquired through the land swap. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio historic panel approves designs for Weston Urban’s 32-story downtown tower," 16 Dec. 2020 After a swift swap of film magazines, Anders started snapping again. Teasel Muir-harmony, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Apollo 8 Delivered Christmas Eve Peace and Understanding to the World," 11 Dec. 2020 As part of a land swap, the city will own land east of the Newport Shores restaurant parking lot and Ansay will own two of the city’s parcels east of Pier Street. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new Port Washington development will feature luxury condos, a restaurant, rooftop pub and store," 30 Oct. 2020 Newton said Tarrant should have considered a land swap to put Sherman Industries in a better location. al, "First Black mayor-elect of Tarrant vows cleaner city," 12 Sep. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Swap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swap. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for swap

swap

verb
How to pronounce swap (audio)

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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