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Pronunciation: /swuːp/

Translation of swoop in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [aircraft] descender* or bajar en picada or (Spain/España) en picado; [bird of prey] abatirse; [police] llevar a cabo una redada the eagle was waiting to swoop el águila acechaba para abatirse sobre su presa the police swooped on the illegal laboratory la policía llevó a cabo una redada en el laboratorio ilegal the hills swoop down dramatically to the sea las colinas caen abruptamente al mar
    Example sentences
    • The small bird swooped down and landed by the girls hand.
    • A fresh winter wind whips past and the occasional bird swoops through a brilliant blue sky.
    • The sight is dramatic as the bird swoops on its prey and lifts it clear of the water in its claws.
    Example sentences
    • This morning's events followed three arrests after police swooped on homes across the district in a series of raids yesterday.
    • A 22-year-old man has been arrested after police swooped on the four-bedroom home in Woodward Heights, Grays.
    • Five people were arrested today when police swooped on a house on a York estate as part of a clampdown on crime in the area.


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