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swim

verb uk   /swɪm/ (present participle swimming, past tense swam, past participle swum) us  

swim verb (MOVE IN WATER)

A1 [I or T] to move through water by moving the body or parts of the body: We spent the day on the beach but it was too cold to go swimming. Her ambition is to swim (across) the English Channel. I swam two miles this morning. be swimming in/with sth disapproving If food is swimming in/with a liquid, it has too much of that liquid in it or on it: The salad was swimming in oil.

swim verb (SEEM TO MOVE)

[I] (of an object) to seem to move about: Getting up too suddenly made the room swim before her eyes. [I] If your head swims, you feel confused and are unable to think or see clearly: After the second or third drink, my head began to swim.

swim

noun [S] uk   /swɪm/ us  
A2 a time when you swim: Let's go for/have a swim this afternoon.
swimmer
noun [C] uk   /ˈswɪm.ər/ us    //
B1 Oliver is a very strong swimmer.
swimming
noun [U] uk   /ˈswɪm.ɪŋ/ us  
A2 The doctor recommended swimming as the best all-round exercise.
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