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verb swing pronunciation in American English /swɪŋ/
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I/you/we/theyswing
he/she/itswings
present participleswinging
past tenseswung
past participleswung
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move, or to make something move, backward and forward or from one side to another, especially from a fixed point
    Swing your arms loosely at your sides.
    The rope bridge was swinging in the breeze.
    swing to and fro: A restaurant sign swung to and fro in the wind.
    swing back and forth: As she shook her head, her earrings swung back and forth.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move in a particular direction with a smooth curving movement, or to make something move in this way
    swing something into/around/out etc.: I swung the car into a side street.
    swing toward/around etc.: She swung around and stared angrily at us.
    swing open/shut: The door swung shut with a loud bang.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to hit someone or something by making a smooth curving movement with your hand, a weapon, or a piece of sports equipment
    swing something at something/someone: He swung the bat wildly at the ball, missing it completely.
    swing at: Mrs. Shaw swung at the youth with her umbrella.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to change from one emotion, condition, idea, etc. to another, or to make someone or something change in this way
    She should be able to swing a significant number of women’s votes.
    swing from: My mother’s moods swing from depression to elation.
    swing the other way: Public opinion has begun to swing the other way (=away from what it was before).

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