- 1[intransitive, transitive] swipe (at) somebody/something to hit or try to hit somebody/something with your hand or an object by swinging your arm He swiped at the ball and missed.
- 2[transitive] swipe something (informal) to steal something synonym pinch They’re always swiping other kids’ sweets. See related entries: Committing crime
- 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.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] swipe (something) (on/across something) to move your finger quickly across the screen of an electronic device such as a mobile/cell phone or small computer in order to move text, pictures, etc. or give commands Switch on the phone and swipe your finger across the screen to unlock it. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: perhaps a variant of sweep.
BrE BrE//swaɪp//; NAmE NAmE//swaɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swipe
BrE BrE//swaɪp//; NAmE NAmE//swaɪp//he / she / it swipes
BrE BrE//swaɪps//; NAmE NAmE//swaɪps//past simple swiped
BrE BrE//swaɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//swaɪpt//past participle swiped
BrE BrE//swaɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//swaɪpt//-ing form swiping
BrE BrE//ˈswaɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswaɪpɪŋ//Committing crime