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Definition of swoop verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swoop
    he / she / it swoops
    past simple swooped
    -ing form swooping
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of a bird or plane) to fly quickly and suddenly downward, especially in order to attack someone or something synonym dive The aircraft swooped down over the buildings. A hawk swooped low over the field.
  2. 2[intransitive] swoop (in) (on somebody/something) (especially of police or soldiers) to visit or attack someone or something suddenly and without warning Officers swooped in on the vehicles as they left the ferry.
  3. Phrasal Verbsswoop somethingup
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