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Definition of swipe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swipe
    he / she / it swipes
    past simple swiped
    -ing form swiping
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] swipe (at) somebody/something to hit or try to hit someone or something with your hand or an object by swinging your arm He swiped at the ball and missed.
  2. 2[transitive] swipe something (informal) to steal something synonym pinch She's always swiping other kids' stuff.
  3. 3[transitive] swipe something to pass a plastic card, such as a credit card, through a special machine that is able to read the information that is stored on it The cash register only opens once the card has been swiped.
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