\ˈswüp \
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

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Other Words from swoop


swooper noun

Examples of swoop in a Sentence


The police swooped in and captured the criminals.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Colbert said before Stewart swooped in from under Colbert’s desk to him a much need time out. Melissa Locker, Time, "'We Will Prevail.' Jon Stewart Takes Over The Late Show to Speak Directly to Trump," 29 June 2018 Interior designer and consummate hostess Charlotte Moss swoops in with her high-level, yet low-key book Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Interior Designer Charlotte Moss Shares Her Secrets to Summer Entertaining," 7 June 2018 Given that, the feds swooped in and eventually authorities found financial records to zero in on a suspect: Marine reservist Rosendo Rodriguez. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio man known as 'Suitcase Killer' slated for execution," 27 Mar. 2018 When all the gnomes are kidnapped, Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) swoops in to investigate with his trusty helper/partner Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), while Gnomeo and Juliet join up to help find their gnome clan. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sherlock Gnomes’ is a garden-variety kid movie | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 Where bunk psychology is failing children, legislatures are swooping in to protect them. Chris Weller, Newsweek, "Never Scared Straight," 1 May 2014 Though their names are rather clinical, P-66, P-67, P-68 and P-69 proved to be photogenic when researchers swooped in to determine their age, size and other characteristics. latimes.com, "Today: Will It Take an Act of Congress?," 20 June 2018 Those stem from when the FBI and DEA swooped in to arrest Portillo in January 2016 and found three guns and an ounce of cocaine in his Southeast San Antonio home. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Prosecutors may rest case today in Bandidos trial," 25 Apr. 2018 The four young men swooped into the Apple store Saturday morning inside Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno, California, and made off with 26 pricey products – as stunned customers and employees looked on. Fox News, "Thieves swipe $27K worth of gadgets in brazen Apple store heist," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The midfielder had previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Napoli but neither side have shown enough interest allowing Dortmund swoop in. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Officials Meet With Torreira Agent," 8 June 2018 That would give Hawken room to put up a canopy made of white steel and Brazilian cumaru wood with a swoop that mimics the food truck's curves. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food truck Drift hopes to expand its footprint in the Third Ward," 12 Apr. 2018 New Everton manager Marco Silva is believed to be preparing a sensational swoop for two top English midfielders ahead of the the upcoming season, with Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere both being targeted. SI.com, "New Everton Boss Marco Silva Prepares Stunning Swoop for English Duo as Toffees Aim for Top 6 Finish," 24 June 2018 The move would ensure Massimiliano Allegri is still afforded a dream partnership of Ronaldo and Dybala - should the stunning swoop for the Portugal skipper come to fruition this summer. SI.com, "Italian Report Provides Positive Update on Possible Liverpool Move for Juventus Star," 7 July 2018 Forty officials, including Public Service Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo, were netted in a swoop following allegations that billions of shillings had gone missing from the National Youth Service. David Herbling, Bloomberg.com, "Politicians Look Set for an Easy Ride in Kenya’s Corruption Crackdown," 12 June 2018 At its best, his flights of fancy here are crazily inspired, each swoop of physics-defying movement, every new leap from or to a speeding vehicle, delivered with twisted panache. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Ryan Reynolds takes a comic high dive into 'Deadpool 2'," 14 May 2018 Reports from Italy have claimed that Juventus are planning a double swoop of the Premier League's top midfield talent - with the Serie A giants eyeing up moves for Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Spurs' Mousa Dembele. SI.com, "Italian Report Claims Juventus Are Lining Up Summer Swoop for Arsenal and Spurs Star Midfielders," 25 Mar. 2018 The report suggests that Brands is prepared to orchestrate a stunning double swoop on La Liga giants Barcelona for two key defensive signings, with French left back Lucas Digne and Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina on the agenda at Goodison. SI.com, "Everton Plotting Ambitious Double Swoop for Barcelona Defensive Stars Ahead of New Season," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of swoop

: to fly down through the air suddenly

: to arrive at a place suddenly and unexpectedly


\ˈswüp \
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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