Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swift”

See all translations

swift

adjective uk   /swɪft/ us  
C2 happening or moving quickly or within a short time, especially in a smooth and easy way: The local police took swift action against the squatters. Thank you for your swift reply. The gazelle is one of the swiftest and most graceful of animals.
swiftly
adverb uk   /ˈswɪft.li/ us  
C2 Walking swiftly, he was at the station within minutes.
swiftness
noun [U] uk   /ˈswɪft.nəs/ us  

swift

noun [C] uk   /swɪft/ us  
a small bird with curved, pointed wings that can fly very fast
Translations of “swift”
in Korean 재빠른…
in Arabic سَريع…
in French rapide…
in Turkish çabuk, tez, hızlı…
in Italian celere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 迅速的,敏捷的,快的…
in Russian быстрый…
in Polish szybki…
in Spanish rápido, veloz…
in Portuguese rápido…
in German schnell…
in Catalan ràpid…
in Japanese 迅速な, すばやい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 迅速的,敏捷的,快的…
(Definition of swift from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of swift?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “swift” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

nation

a country, especially when thought of as a large group of people living in one area with their own government, language, traditions, etc.

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More