swim Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “swim” in the English Dictionary

"swim" in British English

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

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.
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swim verb (SEEM TO MOVE)

[I] (of an ​object) to ​seem to ​move around: Getting up too ​suddenly made the ​room swim before her ​eyes. [I] If ​yourhead swims, you ​feelconfused and are ​unable to ​think or ​seeclearly: After the second or third ​drink, my headbegan to swim.

swimnoun [S]

uk   us   /swɪm/
A2 a ​time when you swim: Let's go for/have a swim this ​afternoon.
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  • We went for a swim to ​cool off.
  • I had a ​quick swim and then got ​changed.
noun [C] uk   /ˈswɪm.ər/  us   //
B1 Oliver is a very strong swimmer.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈswɪm.ɪŋ/
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A2 The ​doctorrecommended swimming as the ​bestall-roundexercise.
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swimverb [I/T]

 us   /swɪm/ (present participle swimming, past tense swam  /swæm/ , past participle swum  /swʌm/ )
to move through ​water by ​movingparts of the ​body: [I] He ​jumped in the ​river and swam. [T] Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the ​English Channel.
noun [C]  us   /swɪm/
Let’s go for a swim this ​afternoon.
noun [C]  us   /ˈswɪm·ər/
Katy is a good swimmer.
noun [U]  us   /ˈswɪm·ɪŋ/
Swimming is ​excellentexercise.
(Definition of swim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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