- 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 [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. Phrasal Verbsswoop somethingup
NAmE//swup//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swoop
he / she / it swoops
past simple swooped
-ing form swooping