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Definition of swap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    swap

     verb
    (also swop) verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. 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
    change/swap places (with somebody)
     
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to be in somebody else’s situation I'm perfectly happy—I wouldn't change places with anyone.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: swap