verb (used without object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
verb (used with object), swam, swum, swim·ming.
Origin of swim
Related formsswim·ma·ble, adjectiveswim·mer, nounnon·swim·mer, nounout·swim, verb, out·swam, out·swum, out·swim·ming.
British Dictionary definitions for in the swim
verb swims, swimming, swam or swum
Derived Formsswimmable, adjectiveswimmer, nounswimming, noun, adjective
Word Origin for swim
Idioms and Phrases with in the swim (1 of 2)
in the swim
Actively participating, in the thick of things, as in He was new in town, but he soon got in the swim at school. This expression alludes to the fishing term for a large number of fish in one area, a so-called swim. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with in the swim (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with swim
- swim against the current
- swim with the tide
- in the swim
- sink or swim