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
In such a scenario, settlement blocks would be annexed to Israel and 1:1 land swaps would compensate the Palestinians.It's Time to Think Creatively About Getting Settlers on the Side of Peace | Dan Goldenblatt | October 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first is to reiterate its support for the 1967 lines with swaps as a basis for talks.
The Palestinian position has long been that swaps must be both “minor” and “comparable” in size.Where Dayan Goes Wrong on the Arab Peace Initiative | Avishay Ben-Sasson | May 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to Dayan, the correct Israeli response to the Arab proposal should be to dismiss the very idea of land swaps.Where Dayan Goes Wrong on the Arab Peace Initiative | Avishay Ben-Sasson | May 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Land swaps" are in fact a concession offered by Israel to the Palestinians.
In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Paw has found a crony here and there about the camps, and swaps reminiscences of this sort or that.Maw's Vacation | Emerson Hough
I've been pumping him about the city chap, and of course, I've had to tell him somethin' for swaps.Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks | Charles Felton Pidgin
He swaps and bargains, and has a whole heap of "dubelkits," as he calls them.What Happened to Inger Johanne | Dikken Zwilgmeyer
We swaps merry expressions again, and Mr. Robert pats me chummy on the shoulder.Torchy, Private Sec. | Sewell Ford
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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