\ 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 Also in the legal crosshairs is Biden’s restoration of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which was the subject of SITLA’s biggest federal land swap two decades ago. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 Politics rarely came up at gatherings, where people would more often try one another’s homemade dishes and swap stories about family. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 18 May 2022 Subsequently, there was a bank run on Anchor, with users rushing to pull out their funds and swap out of UST. Rahul Rai, Forbes, 17 May 2022 For nearly 40 years, these regular lunches were a bedrock ritual of the vice presidency, a precious and low-key 60 minutes for the commander in chief and his No. 2 to catch up, swap gossip and mull strategy. Noah Biermanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The shift comes in the wake of a surprise prisoner swap with Russia that freed American Trevor Reed, which indicated that there are still some channels of communication between the U.S. and Russia, even as war rages in Ukraine. WSJ, 4 May 2022 In northern parts of the state, mosquitoes can form massive swarms, resembling something out of an Alfred Hitchcock film — just swap birds for mosquitoes — pursuing blood en masse. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 On Wednesday, the State Department announced that a former U.S. Marine, Trevor R. Reed, had gained his freedom in a prisoner swap after nearly three years of Russian detention. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 2 May 2022 Following months of negotiations, President Biden authorized the prisoner swap yesterday and released Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, a smuggler convicted of conspiring to import cocaine into the US. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iran denies the two cases are linked and has rejected talk of a prisoner swap. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Their mission: to discuss the possibility of a prisoner swap that could free Trevor R. Reed, an ailing former U.S. Marine held for two years on what his family considered to be bogus charges of assault. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 On April 9 – after spending time in Belarus and in detention centers in Russia – they were freed as part of a prisoner swap. Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 Natasha Lyonne herself has often seemed to be the result of a freaky body swap, as if a young woman from New York and, say, Peter Falk or Al Pacino had been hit by lighting simultaneously in 1973. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 For motorists wondering what’s being built across from the Shops at Farmington Valley, the answer is a new Subaru dealership that’s part of a land swap bringing a Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep dealer to Route 44 automotive row. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 8 Apr. 2022 In other developments Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy’s office said 86 Ukrainian service members were freed in the Zaporizhzhia region as part of a prisoner swap with Russia. Yuras Karmanau, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 At points in the past, when Americans have been detained in Russia and other countries, their release has been negotiated as part of a prisoner swap. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 Officials at the Sri Lanka Tea Board had previously floated the idea of a tea-for-debt swap in 2018, with a plan for the CPC to pay the country’s tea producers for any exports to Iran. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 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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