\ 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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swooper noun

Examples of swoop in a Sentence


The police swooped in and captured the criminals.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As Aurora added land to its borders, developers swooped in and offered single-family homes. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora in 2018: With population no longer booming, city looks to downtown for future growth," 6 July 2018 As the minutes count down to the closure of its predecessor, Accordion Times and Musical Express, Maurice Kinn, a music promoter, swoops in and buys it up. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "NME and Me: A Brief History of the Best Music Mag of the 20th Century," 12 Mar. 2018 Unlike Anne Hathaway's training, nobody at The Plaza swoops in with an Hermès scarf to bind me to my chair. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "I Tried The Plaza’s Sold-Out Etiquette Course," 15 Dec. 2017 But a post-credit scene offers a glimmer of hope: A quick glimpse of the Captain Marvel logo hints that the superhero will be the one to swoop in and save the day in Avengers 4. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "How the Avengers: Infinity War Post-Credit Scene Sets Up the Next Big Marvel Movie," 27 Apr. 2018 Some, like Hoener, are hoping that Costco will swoop on the opportunity. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "In Fairbanks and rural Alaska, Sam’s Club closing is a ‘major blow’," 12 Jan. 2018 The surprise went off without a hitch, and as soon as Dillion sat down to take a picture with Santa, his mom swooped in to go and sit down next to him, and well, pure happiness ensued. Ryan Adelson, Good Housekeeping, "Military Mom Pulls Off Touching Surprise for Her Son With a Little Help From Santa Claus," 6 Dec. 2016 These reactions produce vibrant colors and swooping trails of chemicals worthy of any modern art museum. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Gorgeous Chemical Reactions Will Make You Miss Science Class," 2 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Charlotte also sported a very on-trend center part for the celebration, as opposed to the side swoop we're used to seeing on her. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Just Debuted a New Hairstyle at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 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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in/at one fell swoop

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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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