- 1[intransitive, transitive] to give something to somebody and receive something in exchange swap (something) (with somebody) I've finished 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 in the pub swapping stories (= telling each other stories) about our travels. swap somebody something for something I swapped him my CD for his posters.
- 2[intransitive] swap (over) to start doing somebody else’s job, etc. while they do yours I'll drive there and then we'll swap over on the way back.
- 3[transitive] (especially British English) 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 colour. swap somebody/something (over) I'm going to swap you over. Mike will go first and Jon will go second. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘throw forcibly’): probably imitative of a resounding blow. Current senses have arisen from an early use meaning ‘strike hands as a token of agreement’.Extra examples Can we swap places? I can’t see the screen. I think I’ll swap this sweater for one in another colour. I’ll drive there and then we’ll swap over on the way back. I’ve finished this magazine. Can I swap with you? We spent the evening in the bar swapping stories about our travels.Idioms (usually used in negative sentences) to be in somebody else’s situation I'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone.
BrE BrE//swɒp//; NAmE NAmE//swɑːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swap
BrE BrE//swɒp//; NAmE NAmE//swɑːp//he / she / it swaps
BrE BrE//swɒps//; NAmE NAmE//swɑːps//past simple swapped
BrE BrE//swɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//swɑːpt//past participle swapped
BrE BrE//swɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//swɑːpt//-ing form swapping
BrE BrE//ˈswɒpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɑːpɪŋ//