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swimverb

uk   /swɪm/  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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swimnoun [S]

uk   /swɪm/  us   /swɪm/
A2 a time when you swim: Let's go for/have a swim this afternoon.

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Movement on or through water
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swimmer
noun [C] uk   /ˈswɪm.ər/  us   /ˈswɪm.ɚ/
B1 Oliver is a very strong swimmer.
swimming
noun [U] uk   /ˈswɪm.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈswɪm.ɪŋ/

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A2 The doctor recommended swimming as the best all-round exercise.
(Definition of swim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 moving parts of the body: [I] He jumped in the river and swam. [T] Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel.
swim
noun [C]  us   /swɪm/
Let’s go for a swim this afternoon.
swimmer
noun [C]  us   /ˈswɪm·ər/
Katy is a good swimmer.
swimming
noun [U]  us   /ˈswɪm·ɪŋ/
Swimming is excellent exercise.
(Definition of swim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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