- 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
Examples from the Web for swapped
Only they swapped out the guitars in favor of trumpets and trombones.Ohio State Marching Band Rock Out (With Their Tubas Out)
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 20, 2014
The moral duties and doubts of adulthood are swapped out for the histrionic creeds of adolescence.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel
September 20, 2014
In 2008, the drug heparin was tied to dozens of deaths after most of the active ingredient was swapped with a counterfeit.Museum of Fakes for a City of Fakes
June 25, 2014
Was Krieger swapped with a clone during the fifth season finale?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed on the Big Twist and the End of ‘Vice’
April 22, 2014
The most fit are crossbred—chunks of their code are swapped, creating a new generation.This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection
February 1, 2014
The boys had ridden back, swapped them for their own, and hit the trail.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
As for Vee and me, we swapped an amused glance now and then and enjoyed the performance.Torchy and Vee
You know I swapped brains with him, and I know him as well as I know myself.The Skylark of Space
Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
They can be swapped for duck and chickens, but what a bother to get them.Letters from Port Royal
While they fed, watered, and saddled they swapped gossip with the wrangler.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
- 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 and History for swapped
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.