swap - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleswapping
past tenseswapped
past participleswapped
  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.