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See also: swat, Swat, and S.W.A.T.


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SWAT (countable and uncountable, plural SWATs)

  1. (chiefly US, law enforcement) Acronym of special weapons and tactics. The area of expertise of police officers trained and equipped to neutralize armed or entrenched criminals.
  2. (chiefly US, law enforcement) A SWAT team
    "This situation is out of control. We need a SWAT," the policeman said.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used attributively before such nouns as team or squad.
  • While the specific meaning of the acronym applies only to the United States, the term is informally used in other countries to describe similar police teams.

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