Definition of “swipe” - English Dictionary

“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)