Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swim”

See all translations

swim

verb
 
 
/swɪm/ ( present participle swimming, past tense swam, past participle swum)
THROUGH WATER [I, T] A1 to move through water by moving your body: I learnt to swim when I was about 5 years old. I swim thirty lengths of the pool most mornings. SwimmingMovement on or through water
HEAD [I] If your head swims, you feel confused and are unable to see or think clearly: Just the thought of all that work makes my head swim.Losing consciousnessConfusion, confusing and feeling confused
SEEM TO MOVE [I] to seem to move about: I got up suddenly and the room started swimming.Revolving, rotating and spinning
swimming noun [U] A2 I usually go swimming about twice a week. swimmer noun [C] B1 I'm not a very strong swimmer.
(Definition of swim verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “swim”

Definitions of “swim” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ditto

used to agree with something that has just been said, or to avoid repeating something that has been said

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More