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.
- Also especially British, swop .
- swapper, noun
- un·swapped, adjective
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How to use swap in a sentence
The Nets agreed to send Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026 and swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027 to Houston.James Harden is a winner and a loser of the Nets’ blockbuster trade | Ben Golliver | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
The Nets will send Caris LeVert, Rodion Kurucs, first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026 and swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027 to Houston.James Harden deal shows Nets are all in, both for a title and as a personality experiment | Ben Golliver | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
That way, if the vaccine virus was able to ditch that modification by way of a swap, it would lose this necessary string of genetic letters too, and die out.A new polio vaccine joins the fight to vanquish the paralyzing disease | Aimee Cunningham | January 8, 2021 | Science News
However, the monetary value of the shareholder’s stock should remain roughly equal before and after the swap.The NYSE is set to delist 3 Chinese companies—but U.S. investors can still own shares | eamonbarrett | January 4, 2021 | Fortune
Seed swaps and projects like Open Source Ecology encourage people to grow, build, and print the world they want to see around them.Solarpunk Is Growing a Gorgeous New World in the Cracks of the Old One | Carin Ism | September 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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 | DailyBurn | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The U.S. got a relatively good deal—three Cuban spies were returned to their country in the swap.
swap out that blond with the A-cup for a busty redhead in an instant.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn | Aurora Snow | October 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A webcam girl could offer a “hands on” interactive session without ever having to leave the bedroom or swap bodily fluids.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn | Aurora Snow | October 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Eventually, Kiev agreed to swap Kulygina for 17 captured officials, including Budik.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire | Anna Nemtsova | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the Turks are given time to swap troops in the middle of fighting, we can't really tell how we stand.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
You never knowed a sound dodge around so, and swap places so quick and so much.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It wasn't a month before your little local stockholders began to get together and swap stock and sell it.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
It was a great treat to me to be able to “swap lies” with so many people, after two months almost wholly alone!Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
I'd swap all my education in a minute for the mighty body and the healthy and lusty living that you enjoy.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for swap
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
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)
- swapper or swopper, noun
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