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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