swing Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "swing" - English Dictionary

See all translations

swingverb

uk   us   /swɪŋ/ (swung, swung)

swing verb (MOVE SIDEWAYS)

B2 [I or T] to move easily and without interruption backwards and forwards or from one side to the other, especially from a fixed point, or to cause something or someone to do this: He walked briskly along the path swinging his rolled-up umbrella. The door swung open. [I] to change: His mood swings between elation and despair.
More examples

swing verb (BE EXCITING)

[I] informal to be exciting and enjoyable: You need music to make a party swing.

swing verb (MUSIC)

[I or T] to play music in a strong, exciting style like jazz, or (of music) to be played in this way

swing verb (ARRANGE)

[T] informal to arrange for something to happen, by persuading people and often by acting slightly dishonestly: If you want an interview with Pedro, I could probably swing it (for you).

swingnoun

uk   us   /swɪŋ/

swing noun (SIDEWAYS MOVEMENT)

[C] a swinging movement [C] an attempt to hit someone: The drunk took a wild swing at Harry. [C] a change: He experiences severe mood swings (= sudden changes from one extreme mood to another). The Democrats only need a five percent swing (= need five percent of voters to change to supporting them) to win this election.
More examples

swing noun (SEAT)

B2 [C] a seat joined by two ropes or chains to a metal bar or a tree, on which you can sit and move backwards and forwards

swing noun (BE EXCITING)

go with a swing UK informal If an event, especially a party, goes with a swing, it is very exciting and successful: The Festival always goes with a swing.

swing noun (MUSIC)

[U] a type of dance music that was popular in the 1930s and 40s
(Definition of swing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of swing?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “swing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
avatar

an image that represents you in online games, chat rooms, etc. and that you can move around the screen

Word of the Day

The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
The cake was made by my sister: how to use the passive in English.
by Liz Walter,
June 24, 2015
Look at these two sentences: My sister made the cake. The cake was made by my sister. Both these sentences mean the same. The first is an active sentence: it tells you what the sister did. The second is a passive sentence: it tells you what happened to the cake. Here are

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More