- to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another: He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
- to substitute (one thing) for another (sometimes followed by in): Swap in red wine for white, since powerful nutrients are in the red grape's skin.
- to replace (one thing) with another (sometimes followed by out): To cut down on fat, swap cream for milk.
- to make an exchange.
- an exchange: He got the radio in a swap.
Origin of swap
Related Words for swapswitch, substitute, trade, interchange, bandy, barter, bargain, traffic, truck, change, swop
Examples from the Web for swap
Contemporary Examples of swap
Asprey was inspired to swap out butter for traditional coffee creamers while on a trip to Nepal.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
The U.S. got a relatively good deal—three Cuban spies were returned to their country in the swap.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
Swap out that blond with the A-cup for a busty redhead in an instant.
A webcam girl could offer a “hands on” interactive session without ever having to leave the bedroom or swap bodily fluids.
Eventually, Kiev agreed to swap Kulygina for 17 captured officials, including Budik.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire
September 11, 2014
Historical Examples of swap
I guess I can swap off with him; but I don't want to run arter him.Tiverton Tales
You mean you've decided to take up with Payne's offer and swap your lot for his?The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nothing is more common than for Ministers to 'swap' patronage.
Me and Mrs. Purdy Pell didn't do anything but swap looks for a minute or so.Shorty McCabe
He thinks he'll just swap one of them overcoats for a concertina.Colonel Crockett's Co-operative Christmas
- to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
- an exchange
- something that is exchanged
- Also called: swap option, swaption finance a contract in which the parties to it exchange liabilities on outstanding debts, often exchanging fixed interest-rate for floating-rate debts (debt swap), either as a means of managing debt or in trading (swap trading)
Word Origin for swap
c.1300, "to strike, strike the hands together," possibly imitative of the sound of hitting. The sense of "exchange, barter, trade" is first recorded 1590s, possibly from the practice of slapping hands together as a sign of agreement in bargaining. Related: Swapped; swapping. The noun in this sense is attested from 1620s.