Meaning of “swing” in the English Dictionary

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uk /swɪŋ/ 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 swinging his rolled-up umbrella.
The door swung open.

[ I or T ] to move an object or your fist in an attempt to hit something or someone:

I swung (the bat) and missed.
He swung his fist towards Ben's face.

[ I ] to change:

His mood swings between elation and despair.

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[ 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 party only needs a five percent swing (= needs five percent of voters to change to supporting it) to win this election.

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(Definition of “swing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /swɪŋ/ past tense and past participle swung /swʌŋ/

swing verb (MOVE SIDEWAYS)

[ I/T ] to move easily to one direction and then to the other from a fixed point, or to cause something to move this way:

[ I ] He hung upside down and swung back and forth.
[ I ] The heavy door swung open.
[ T ] Campanella knew how to swing a bat.
[ T ] He swung the car into the garage.

swing verb (CHANGE)

[ I ] to change from one condition or attitude to another:

The company swung from record profits last year to huge losses this year.

swing verb (BE EXCITING)

[ I ] dated slang to be exciting, enjoyable, and active

swing verb (ARRANGE)

[ T ] infml to arrange to obtain or achieve something:

The kids need new clothes, and I don’t see how I can swing it.


us /swɪŋ/

swing noun (MUSIC)

[ U ] a form of jazz music that was popular esp. in the 1930s and 1940s

swing noun (CHANGE)

[ C ] a usually sudden change:

He’s very creative but prone to mood swings.


[ C ] a swinging movement:

Scott took a big swing at the ball and missed.

[ C ] A swing is also an attempt to hit someone:

This guy took a swing at me.

[ C ] A swing is also a seat that moves backward and forward and hangs from ropes or chains.

[ C ] A swing can also be a brief trip:

Ed took a 10-day swing through France.

(Definition of “swing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"swing" in Business English

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uk /swɪŋ/ us swung, swung

[ I or T ] to change, or make a situation, price, opinion, etc. change in a noticeable way:

swing into profit/deficit The internet company swung into profit for the first time since its start-up.
swing from sth to sth The group swung from losses of 0.8p to earnings of 2.9p a share.
The war was the biggest issue threatening to swing voters.

[ T ] to achieve the result you want, especially by successfully persuading someone of something:

The bidder was presented with a list of added benefits that would help swing the deal in their favour.

swingnoun [ C ]

uk /swɪŋ/ us

a big and sudden change in a situation, price, opinion, etc.:

Coffee futures once again staged a huge price swing with uncertainty over export controls.
a swing into the red/black He also announced a swing into the black in the year to February.
a swing towards/against sb/sth Evidence of the swing towards short-term temporary employment comes in a survey showing record demand for temporary staff.
in full swing

happening at the highest level of activity:

The report confirms that the economic recovery is in full swing.

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(Definition of “swing” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)