\ ˈswüp How to pronounce swoop (audio) \
swooped; swooping; swoops

Definition of swoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move with a sweep

transitive verb

: to gain or carry off in or as if in a swoop usually used with up



Definition of swoop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of swooping
2 : a single concentrated and quickly effective effort was done in one swoop often used with fell solved everything at one fell swoop

Other Words from swoop


swooper noun

Examples of swoop in a Sentence

Verb The police swooped in and captured the criminals.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, if Terra drops below a dollar, arbitrage traders swoop in to buy Terra on the cheap and exchange it for $1 worth of Luna. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 May 2022 Mothers do the heavy lifting, fathers swoop in when the praise flows. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Additionally, in September 2022, NASA’s Juno spacecraft – which has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 – is going to swoop within 220 miles of Europa, the closest-ever look at this fascinating moon. Chris Impey, The Conversation, 28 Jan. 2022 In Petherbridge’s experience, stepparents dissatisfied with their spouse’s parenting often try to swoop in and whip the family into shape. Stephanie H. Murray, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2022 With Prince selling his positions, Taylor sees the perfect opportunity to swoop in and scoop up a lot of green energy business for cheap. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Over the three months in which teams were forbidden from contacting players, Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves drifted so far apart that the Dodgers could do in March what was unthinkable in November: swoop in and sign him. Bill Shaikinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 As the ban continues, major shippers will try to redirect their supply — Mexican avocados may head to Europe and avocados from Peru may swoop into the United States, changes that may be hard to unsnarl if the ban lasts for months. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 When hungry, the birds simply swoop down to gobble up the seed and suet and then, often as not, return to their aerial perch. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One large swoop covers one side of her forehead next to the other swirly tendrils. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 22 Apr. 2022 As originally constructed, that bill proved to be an overreach, trying to enact in one fell swoop more social and climate programs than Democrats had the votes to actually pass. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 And on Tuesday, a coding change caused DPH’s website to catch up in one gigantic swoop. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 The School Board used to pass numerous big-dollar items in one full swoop by what’s known as consent. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Apr. 2021 The show is a gimme for an audience who’d die to have this therapeutic queen dismantle racial capitalism in one fell girl-boss swoop. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 In one fell swoop, the prequels’ villain has gone from a movie star doing his typically eccentric thing in albino cosplay to a genuinely brooding, menacing, power-mad bad guy. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2022 The one big swing from Cedric Mullins earlier had taken care of the issue, clearing the bases for the Orioles in one fell swoop. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 Footage of Friday's launch, captured at the company's launch site in Kodiak, Alaska, shows the rocket roaring to life and making a clean swoop up into the night sky. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of swoop


1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swoop


alteration of Middle English swopen to sweep, from Old English swāpan — more at sweep

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19 May 2022

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More Definitions for swoop


\ ˈswüp How to pronounce swoop (audio) \
swooped; swooping

Kids Definition of swoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to rush down or pounce suddenly



Kids Definition of swoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of rushing down or pouncing suddenly

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