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swap

[ swop ]
/ swɒp /
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verb (used with object), swapped, swap·ping.
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.
verb (used without object), swapped, swap·ping.
to make an exchange.
noun
an exchange: He got the radio in a swap.
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Also especially British, swop .

Origin of swap

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English swappen “to strike, strike hands (in bargaining)”; cognate with dialectal German schwappen “to clap, box (the ears)”

OTHER WORDS FROM swap

swapper, nounun·swapped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for swap

swap

swop

/ (swɒp) /

verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping or swopped
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
noun
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)

Derived forms of swap

swapper or swopper, noun

Word Origin for swap

C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin
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