swoop

verb
\ 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

swoop

noun

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 fellsolved everything at one fell swoop

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Verb

swooper noun

Examples of swoop in a Sentence

Verb The police swooped in and captured the criminals.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then after a timeout, Brooklyn’s Rodions Kurucs swooped in and tied up Kemba Walker, forcing a jump ball. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "‘That was ridiculous’ — Brad Stevens sums up Celtics’ incredible OT loss," 4 Mar. 2020 The action then swoops to Transylvania with the introduction of Count Dracula (a suave, wild-eyed Matthew Amendt), who looses his demon brides on an uptight London lawyer, Jonathan (Michael Crane, beautifully uptight). Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of," 17 Feb. 2020 Then, with no sound and no warning, a bird swooped down toward Anna Scrimenti’s head. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "The owls of Washington are on the attack. Experts say it comes with the territory.," 7 Nov. 2019 And then Jim Harbaugh swooped in and lured Gattis to Ann Arbor during a courting process the Michigan coach said unfolded in less than six hours. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's matchup with Maryland brings Gattis-Locksley drama to forefront," 31 Oct. 2019 In 2012, Etheredge fell out of favor with her landlord and was threatened with an eviction notice, and then the new owners swooped in. Paolo Lucchesi, SFChronicle.com, "North Beach’s 100-year-old Tosca Cafe closes while owner April Bloomfield seeks new buyer," 29 July 2019 The song begins with a solemn piano introduction in G minor, which turns out to be something of a false start, as the clarinet swoops in, introducing the major key and the main melodic line. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Schubert in Spring," 4 Apr. 2020 Under the one-time immediate eligibility transfer concept, any running back looking to be showcased in an offense as powerful as Ohio State’s could swoop in and immediately jump to the top of the depth chart. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "After Master Teague injury, Ohio State football’s running back solution still must come from within," 4 Mar. 2020 So Congress swooped in with $320 billion to refill its coffers. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "Congress Shovels Trillions at Virus, With No Endgame in Sight," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The brush is thin enough to make a small, daytime-appropriate accentuating line right above my lash line, but flexible enough to make a dramatic cat-eye swoop for night. Katherine Bernard, Vogue, "The Best Drugstore Beauty Products, According to Vogue Editors," 18 Dec. 2019 Another person who participated in Wednesday's calls said it was stressed to Trump that expansion of testing and contact tracing was crucial, as well as guidelines for best practices on reopening businesses in phases or in one fell swoop. Kevin Freking, Fortune, "Trump prepares to unveil new coronavirus guidelines Thursday, saying U.S. is ‘past the peak’," 16 Apr. 2020 Another person who participated in Wednesday's calls said it was stressed to Trump that expansion of testing and contact tracing was crucial, as well as guidelines for best practices on reopening businesses in phases or in one fell swoop. Zeke Miller, Aamer Madhani And Kevin Freking, Houston Chronicle, "Trump says new guidelines aim to lift some social distancing restrictions," 16 Apr. 2020 Another participant said it was stressed to Trump that expansion of testing and contact tracing was crucial, as well as guidelines for best practices on reopening businesses in phases or in one fell swoop. Author: Zeke Miller, Alan Suderman, Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, "White House guidelines for reopening states during coronavirus pandemic will leave decisions to governors," 16 Apr. 2020 In the last couple years, that got off track, so Day wanted to fix that in one swoop. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State football freshman quarterbacks C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller and the battle they already won," 16 Feb. 2020 The first assault is on the Nile itself, which is turned to blood, thereby ruining both agriculture and aquaculture in one swoop, a profanation with religious consequences. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "This Pilgrim Republic," 28 Nov. 2019 Watching Oregon post 56 reminded me of when Washington pinned 70 on Mark Helfrich, sealing his demise and their own trajectory in one swoop. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks with a statement for the College Football Playoff Committee," 2 Nov. 2019 Roye Okupe, founder of YouNeek Studios, a comics publisher, is hoping to fill both in one swoop. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nollywood is one step closer to its first major animated cinema production," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of swoop

Verb

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swoop

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for swoop

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The first known use of swoop was in 1566

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoop. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for swoop

swoop

verb
How to pronounce swoop (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of swoop

: to fly down through the air suddenly
: to arrive at a place suddenly and unexpectedly

swoop

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

Kids Definition of swoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to rush down or pounce suddenly

swoop

noun

Kids Definition of swoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of rushing down or pouncing suddenly

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