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[swop] /swɒp/
verb (used with object), swapped, swapping.
to exchange, barter, or trade, as one thing for another:
He swapped his wrist watch for the radio.
verb (used without object), swapped, swapping.
to make an exchange.
an exchange:
He got the radio in a swap.
Also, swop.
Origin of swap
1300-50; Middle English swappen to strike, strike hands (in bargaining); cognate with dialectal German schwappen to box (the ears)
Related forms
swapper, noun
unswapped, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for swapped
  • Since then they have swapped wild rabbits and farm chickens for a diet of discarded takeout containers and other garbage food.
  • The cubs continue to be swapped for months, until they can eat solid foods and no longer need to nurse.
  • Then, one object was swapped for a new toy and rats were scored based on how quickly they explored the unfamiliar piece.
  • Meaning that such solar thermal power plants could be swapped in for fossil fuel-burning ones.
  • Once these are swapped you can start on the next pair.
  • What's more telling than what was excised from the signs is the image that the ad makers swapped in instead: an alarm clock.
  • Not too long ago, several people died because their suspected-defective pacemakers were not swapped out due to that risk.
  • Any application could be removed or swapped out for another.
  • They can be swapped out so you can use your phone on any compatible network.
  • Neither does standard genetic engineering, in which some amino acids in the plug are swapped for other natural amino acids.
British Dictionary definitions for swapped


verb swaps, swapping, swapped, swops, swopping, swopped
to trade or exchange (something or someone) for another
an exchange
something that is exchanged
(finance) Also called swap option, swaption. 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
swapper, swopper, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to shake hands on a bargain, strike): probably of imitative origin
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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.

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