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verb [intransitive] swoop pronunciation in British English /swuːp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleswooping
past tenseswooped
past participleswooped
  1. 1
    to move quickly and suddenly downwards through the air, especially in order to attack or catch someone or something
    The aircraft swooped down over the fields in search of its target.
    We watched the hawk swoop on its prey.
  2. 2
    to make a sudden and unexpected attack on a place
    Police swooped on Blake’s home yesterday.


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