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English definition of “skim”

skim

verb  /skɪm/ (-mm-) us  

skim verb (MOVE ABOVE)

[I/T] to move quickly just above or on a surface, or to cause something to move above or on a surface: [I] Skaters skim over the ice. [T] I skimmed a pebble across the lake.

skim verb (READ QUICKLY)

[I/T] to read or look at something quickly to understand the main points, without studying it in detail: [T] You can’t just skim the tax forms. [I] Skim through this report.

skim verb (REMOVE)

[T] to remove something solid from the surface of a liquid: Stew the chicken, then skim the fat.
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