American English

Definition of swap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also swop) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swap
    he / she / it swaps
    past simple swapped
    -ing form swapping
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give something to someone and receive something in exchange swap (something) (with somebody) I'm finished with this magazine. Can I swap with you? swap something for something I swapped my red scarf for her blue one. swap something Can we swap places? I can't see the screen. We spent the evening swapping stories (= telling each other stories) about our travels. swap somebody something for something I swapped him my CD for his posters.
  2. 2[intransitive] to start doing someone else's job, etc. while they do yours I'll drive there, and then we'll swap on the way back.
  3. 3[transitive] to replace one person or thing with another swap somebody/something (for somebody/something) I think I'll swap this sweater for one in another color.
  4. Idioms
    change/swap places (with somebody)
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to be in someone else's situation I'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: swap