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swoop

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verb \ˈswüp\

Definition of swoop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move with a sweep

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to gain or carry off in or as if in a swoop —usually used with up

swooper

noun

Examples of swoop in a Sentence

  1. The police swooped in and captured the criminals.

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Origin and Etymology of swoop

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


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swoop

noun

Definition of swoop

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of swooping

  2. 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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First Known Use of swoop

1605



SWOOP Defined for English Language Learners

swoop

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verb

Definition of swoop for English Language Learners

  • : to fly down through the air suddenly

  • : to arrive at a place suddenly and unexpectedly


SWOOP Defined for Kids

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swoop

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verb \ˈswüp\

Definition of swoop for Students

swooped

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swooping

  1. :  to rush down or pounce suddenly


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swoop

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noun

Definition of swoop for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of rushing down or pouncing suddenly



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