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"swipe" in British English

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swipeverb

uk   /swaɪp/ us   /swaɪp/

swipenoun

uk   /swaɪp/ us   /swaɪp/
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"swipe" in American English

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swipeverb

us   /swɑɪp/
  • swipe verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit or try to hit something, esp. with a sideways movement of the arm: [I always + adv/prep] Ray swiped at a tear running down his cheek.
  • swipe verb (STEAL)

[T] infml to steal: He was trying to swipe a sweatshirt.

swipenoun [C]

us   /swɑɪp/
  • swipe noun [C] (HIT)

a sideways movement of the arm in an attempt to hit something: No one took a swipe at the ball or tried to knock it away from me. fig. Thomas took a swipe at his competitors (= criticized them).
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"swipe" in Business English

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swipeverb [T]

uk   /swaɪp/ us   COMMERCE, WORKPLACE
to pass a swipe card through a machine that can read the information stored on the card's magnetic strip: Many shops still have the facility to swipe your card if the pin machine isn't working.
(Definition of swipe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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