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English definition of “skim”


verb [I or T] (CONSIDER QUICKLY)    /skɪm/ (-mm-)
to read or consider something quickly in order to understand the main points , without studying it in detail : I've only skimmed (through/over) his letter ; I haven't read it carefully yet . We've only skimmed the surface of (= considered a small part of) the problem .Reading
(Definition of skim verb (CONSIDER QUICKLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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