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verb     swipe pronunciation in British English
/swaɪp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyswipe
he/she/itswipes
present participleswiping
past tenseswiped
past participleswiped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to pass a plastic card through a piece of electronic equipment that reads the information stored on the card, for example in order to open a door or to pay for something
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move your finger across the screen of a smartphone or tablet

    Simply swipe left or right to change the clock style.

    You swipe products to get further information and to add them to your shopping basket.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to swing your arm and hit or to try to hit someone or something, using your hand or an object

    She swiped him hard on the side of the head.

    swipe at:

    I used a broom to swipe at the snake.

  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to steal something

    Hey, someone’s swiped my wallet!

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    to assess a potential sexual partner using a dating app on a smartphone

    You could talk to two or three girls at a bar and pick the best one, or you can swipe a couple hundred people a day.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/12/2015
  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    6
    swipe right/left on an online dating app such as Tinder, to indicate that you find someone attractive or unattractive by moving your finger to the right or left of an image of them on a touchscreen

    To prove I'm really not picky I decided to swipe right to every man on Tinder for a week.

    I accidentally left-swiped someone, can I get them back?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/12/2015
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