Definition of SWAT team in English:

SWAT team

Syllabification: SWAT team
Pronunciation: /ˈswät ˌtēm


1A group of elite police marksmen who specialize in high-risk tasks such as hostage rescue.
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  • It was later revealed that the attack was carried out by six members of the Cincinnati Police Department's elite SWAT team and an Ohio state trooper.
  • A few police officers in SWAT team uniforms quickly enter the base along with Detective Worfle.
  • Originally a boot-string entity within the Los Angeles Police Department, the SWAT team consisted of officers who furnished much of their own equipment, including their own weapons.
1.1Any group of specialists brought in to solve a difficult or urgent problem: an economic SWAT team that aims to bolster the region’s hunting and outdoor recreation industry
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  • This made the SWAT team's job very difficult indeed.
  • RFI brings in a SWAT team of top-flight engineers to work side by side with its partner companies, helping them cut time to market.
  • Former Oakmont superintendent Mark Kuhns assembled a SWAT team of 12 workers assigned to different tasks, with headlights showing the way.


1980s: acronym from Special Weapons and Tactics.

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