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verb swap pronunciation in British English /swɒp/
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present tense
present participleswapping
past tenseswapped
past participleswapped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to give something to someone in exchange for something else
    Do you want to swap seats?
    swap with someone: If you like this one better, I’ll swap with you.
    swap something with someone: Members are encouraged to swap books with each other.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to replace one thing with another
      swap something for something: We swapped the worn-out tyre for a brand new one.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if two people swap jobs, activities, or positions, each person does what the other person was doing
      swap something with someone: Managers will swap jobs with sales staff for a day.
      swap over: Let’s swap over: I’ll drive and you can navigate.
      swap someone/something over/around: Drew called a team meeting and said he was going to swap us two over.
  2. 2
    [transitive] if people swap stories, ideas etc, they tell each other about their experiences or ideas
    After dinner, they sat around swapping stories about their travels.



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