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 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 Giving customers the ability to create and log into accounts, port phone numbers out to other providers, swap SIM cards, or even simply send and receive text messages all create avenues of attack for bad actors. Daniel Woods, Forbes, "For Telcos, There’s An Inherent Cybersecurity Risk In Just Doing Business," 10 Mar. 2021 For an in-between statement, swap your neutral everyday accessories for a cuff in yellow gold. Laura Lajiness, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Spring’s Statement Colors," 4 Mar. 2021 After Saturday's Big 12 clash, now those seeds can swap. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "College basketball winners and losers: Michigan all but locks up No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament," 27 Feb. 2021 What will make the Rival 710 most attractive to some is the ability to swap out parts, like the sensor, the top, back or the sides to fully customize the mouse. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best gaming mouse of 2021," 26 Feb. 2021 To tweak the vaccines to account for new variants, researchers would swap in the slightly different mRNA segments that make the piece of the spike protein found in the variants, the story states. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Coronavirus News Roundup, February 20 – February 26," 26 Feb. 2021 For a richer soup, swap out the water with low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Soup and a sandwich, the classic combo, becomes so much more with a warming hit of spice," 15 Feb. 2021 On Facebook groups, people swap tips about how to game the unemployment system. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "With rent due and unemployment claims unpaid, job seekers are on edge," 1 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The South Korean retailer Lotte, whose land swap deal provided a site for the system, was particularly hard hit. Jane Li, Quartz, "From Norwegian salmon to basketball, a brief history of China’s patriotic consumer boycotts," 29 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration is defending a Southwest Alaska land swap that was supported by the Trump administration, which aims to allow construction of an 11-mile road through the Izembek National Wild….. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "The Biden administration is backing a Trump-era decision for a road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge," 10 Mar. 2021 The final environmental impact statement was published by the U.S. Forest Service Jan. 15, which started a 60-day period during which the land swap must be finalized. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, "Bikers, bands and barristers: Oak Flat copper mine plan draws a wide range of opponents," 7 Mar. 2021 Hussein suggested a land swap in which the mosque would buy a parcel in north Minneapolis for parkland. Susan Du, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis mosque says Park Board's refusal to sell land for parking infringes on religious liberty," 12 Feb. 2021 Same goes for the Nets, who have been seeking another interior presence since dealing away Jarrett Allen in the Harden swap. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ best leverage in Andre Drummond trade talks is Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets," 25 Mar. 2021 He was traded to the Yankees in a blockbuster swap of rookies the following January. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Ten years after, Michael Pineda 2.0 is still a winning version," 20 Mar. 2021 The 49ers traded Goodwin last year in a swap of sixth-round picks in which the moved up 20 spots in the round. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers don't lock up Trent Williams as backup quarterback options dwindle," 16 Mar. 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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The first known use of swap was in the 14th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Swap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swap. Accessed 19 Apr. 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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